Environmental Infection

The Truth About Disinfectant Contact Time

  • Posted: September 5, 2017
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When it comes to preventing disease transmission in healthcare settings, surface disinfection is one of the most impactful tools in a facility’s arsenal. Product labels for EPA regulated disinfectants contain fundamental information for the user, such as key safety warnings and instructions for use. However, not all product labels are the same. Even products from the same manufacturer may feature different language and instructions for use. This inconsistency can lead to confusion and a lack of compliance, especially around contact time.

Most manufacturers suggest that the end user maintain wetness for the duration of the contact time, even suggesting that additional wipes are to be used to maintain wetness. This approach makes sense, but there are flaws. In “The Truth About Disinfectant Contact Time,” James S. Clayton, Director, Laboratory Sciences, R&D, debunks misconceptions and unpacks the complexities around disinfectant contact time.

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