How to help wipe out hospital acquired infections.

March 29, 2016 3M Canada

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3M™ Disinfectant Cleaner Wipes Add to Infection Prevention and Control Professionals’ Arsenal

Hospitals are a place where we go to feel better, not worse.

And yet, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, over 200,000 patients get infections every year while receiving health care in Canada; more than 8,000 of these patients die as a result.[1]

Infection Prevention and Control is Key

Infection Prevention and Control practices that help to prevent and stop the spread of infection are critical to helping ensure that hospitals remain centres of healing – instead of centres of disease.

Along with many other practices, such as hand hygiene protocols, health care professionals have embraced the use of hospital-grade disinfectant wipes to assist them with their infection prevention and control practices.

Not all Disinfectant Wipes are Created Equal

Not all disinfectant wipes provide the same benefits.

If health care workers aren’t aware of what’s available to them, they might be missing out – and their patients could be missing out too.

Not All Disinfectant Wipes Kill All Pathogens

Although wipes are often used to disinfect point-of-care equipment that cannot be soaked (e.g. stethoscope, furniture in the care environment), not every wipe kills all pathogens.

The most effective wipes are those that are:

  • bactericidal
  • virucidal
  • fungicidal
  • tuberculocidal

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3M™ Surface Disinfectant Cleaner Wipes Won’t Cause Surface Damage to Equipment

3M™ Surface Disinfectant Cleaner Wipes (DIN 02354381) are safe to use on non-porous environmental surfaces such as medical equipment surfaces, dental equipment surfaces, operating room lights/tables, infant care equipment, oxygen hoods, physical therapy equipment and surfaces made of plastic, stainless steel and glass.

With their bright blue colour, 3M™ Surface Disinfectant Cleaner Wipes are hard to miss, but there’s more to them than what you see on the outside.

That’s because 3M™ Surface Disinfectant Cleaner Wipes are specially formulated to:

  • Pre-clean surfaces of all gross filth and heavy soil
  • Effectively kill pathogens such as Norovirus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Be used without damaging non-porous surfaces[2]

[2] Refer to 3M™ Surface Disinfectant Cleaner Wipe packaging for further details.

[1] Public Health Agency of Canada (2013). Infectious Disease – The Never Ending Threat. Retrieved from: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cphorsphc-respcacsp/2013/infections-eng.php

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