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Frequently Asked Questions

Pharmacy

Yes. Peridox RTU Sporicidal Disinfectant & Cleaner, when used according to Contec procedure, effectively removes chemotherapy residue from surfaces contaminated by hazardous drugs. It is ideal for cleaning, decontaminating and disinfecting surfaces pharmacy cleanrooms. Contact your Contec sales representative to learn more.

Contec Healthcare products, including PeridoxRTU, are available in the US through one of our authorized healthcare dealers (view map). To purchase PeridoxRTU in Canada, please email Contec Customer Service.

Yes, designed for maximum mechanical removal of contaminants and even distribution of a disinfectant on walls and floors during a terminal clean, the Klean Max Pad is the perfect product in this environment. It is used once per room then discarded.  

Ready-to-use disinfectant products are ideal for pharmacies where there is no mixing station. They ensure repeatability of process and eliminate the need for creating operating procedures for mixing. Ready-to-use products also ensure that the correct amount of active ingredient is present.
Concentrated disinfectant products are ideal for large facilities with adequate space for mixing stations and large cleaning demands.

Spores can survive in regular 70% isopropyl alcohol. Sterile alcohol is used to prevent the chance of contamination from spores that might be present in lower grades of isopropyl alcohol 
Contec Sterile IPA is produced by filtering a solution of USP grade 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% purified water through a 0.22 micron filter to prevent spores from entering the bottle. Then, the product is terminally sterilized to a 10-6 Sterility Assurance Level. This means that there is less than a one in a million probability that there is 1 cfu (colony forming unit) in the bottle. This process is verified by validation documentation. Contec uses this same alcohol blend in the production of our sterile presaturated wipes. These products are terminally sterilized and are also validated to a 10-6 SAL.

Sterile alcohol manufacturers do not follow the same manufacturing protocol. Some companies do not manufacture in a clean environment or keep a documented record of the steps taken to validate the alcohol to a sterile level. Contec Sterile 70% isopropanol is made in the United States and validated sterile according to USP<797> guidelines.

There are certain steps that must be followed to ensure product sterility entering a critical environment

  1. All products must be removed from cardboard packaging in the Ante area outside the cleanroom
  2. Sterile products have an outer bag and an inner bag. Outer packaging needs to be sanitized using a presaturated PROSAT Sterile IPA wipe or a presaturated PREempt Cleaner Disinfectant wipe.
  3. Before bringing items into an ISO 5 environment, remove the outer packaging, and place the items in a bin for transport or directly into the pass thru.

It is not uncommon to see cotton mops or relaundered microfiber products in operating rooms. According to strict USP<797> guidelines, these products are not allowed into the pharmacy. Mopping systems and buckets should be dedicated to the pharmacy cleanroom, and should not be used in other areas. Contec offers many non-shedding mops for ISO Class 7 rooms.

According to the USP<797> Sterile Preparations guide, “sterile 70% IPA wetted gauze pads or other particle-generating material shall not be used to disinfect the sterile entry points of packages and devices.” Suggested operating procedures should state that nonessential objects that shed particles shall not be brought into the buffer area, including pencils, cardboard cartons, paper towels, and cotton items (e.g., gauze pads). 

Reference: 2012 USP–NF General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations

If you have a specific organism that is not identified on the product label that must be killed in your customer's facility, please contact your Contec sales representative. Contec will work with you to determine the best path forward for your product efficacy requirements.

If you have a specific organism that is not on the product label which your customer's facility wants to address, please contact your Contec sales representative. Contec will work with you to determine the best path forward for your product efficacy requirements.

Our wipes and mops for the Compounding Pharmacy market by definition, are “lint-free”, “non-shedding”, and “low-lint”.  These terms are expected to be defined in a pending Recommended Practice of the Institute of Environmental Sciences Technology (IEST) as follows:

Non-shedding, low-lint, or lint-free wiper: A wiper exhibiting few, if any, fibers or other contamination, visible without magnification, which is separate from, or easily removed from the wiper material in a dry condition. Note: Materials containing natural fibers (e.g. any cotton, or cellulose content of 65% or more) are generally not considered to meet this definition. (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology Recommended Practice IEST-CC-RP-004.4 (pending))

The Institute for Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) is the leading technical non-profit association for controlled environment and cleanroom professionals. They provide technical expertise and write standards and best-practice procedures. Visit their web site to learn more.

Yes, Contec Micro-Cinch Mop Pads are considered lint-free as specified by USP <797> and USP<800>. Our wipes and mops for the Compounding Pharmacy market are “lint-free”, “non-shedding”, and “low-lint” as defined by the pending IEST Recommended Practice noted.

Critical Care

Recently completed field studies in different hospitals showed that PREMIRA demonstrated up to seventy percent higher bio-burden removal over standard, laundered microfiber when paired with a simple, neutral cleaner.  ATP readings, gloss meter readings and visual evidence all showed marked improvement in cleaning power with greater ease of use.

Contec’s Technical Services team is here to help.  Building on our decades of service and support for cleanroom manufacturing around the world, Contec has assembled and developed an implementation team with years of experience in cleaning healthcare environments.  Whether it is compliance, training, protocols or process questions that come to mind, Contec can work with you and your distributor to be that resource for all things clean in healthcare.

PREMIRA products can reduce turnover times by creating a standardized, simple work process which is highly repeatable, delivering more consistent results.  Our system optimizes the amount of disinfectant or cleaner used in the process enabling uniform liquid delivery for even drying and reduced slip hazards.

No.  In most cases PREMIRA will actually reduce your overall environmental footprint because lightweight PREMIRA wipes and pads are up to 80% lower in weight than current products which are being used and disposed of.  Contrast that with re-laundered products, and the comparison is even more compelling because of the elimination of the water, chemical and energy used in a laundering process.

Cleanliness visibly and measurably improves with a fresh, new microfiber for each new use. Because they are single use, PREMIRA wipes and pads reduce the risk and complexity that accompany managing an extended laundry supply chain. With PREMIRA single use products, you eliminate that risk of cross transmission posed by laundered microfiber, cotton, rayon and similar mops that come from laundering processes that do not effectively or consistently clean these products.  Environmental surfaces are visibly cleaner with adoption of PREMIRA products.

A positive one on many fronts.  We understand that change can be a hard thing to adapt to in any workplace. By simplifying the cleaning process, PREMIRA products enable more reliable compliance with cleaning protocols. Contec tools and textiles are ergonomically superior to existing tools in the industry thereby reducing fatigue and enabling faster cleaning. Supply carts are cleaner, mopping tools are lighter, and the weight of trash being removed from the room is reduced.

Yes, Contec PREMIRA Microfiber are “lint-free”, “non-shedding”, and “low-lint” as defined by the pending Institute of Environmental Sciences Technology IEST Recommended Practice as follows:

Non-shedding, low-lint, or lint-free wiper: A wiper exhibiting few, if any, fibers or other contamination, visible without magnification, which is separate from, or easily removed from the wiper material in a dry condition. Note: Materials containing natural fibers (e.g. any cotton, or cellulose content of 65% or more) are generally not considered to meet this definition. (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology Recommended Practice IEST-CC-RP-004.4 (pending))

Non-shedding, low-lint, or lint-free wiper:  A wiper exhibiting few, if any, fibers or other contamination, visible without magnification, which is separate from, or easily removed from the wiper material in a dry condition. Note: Materials containing natural fibers (e.g. any cotton, or cellulose content of 65% or more) are generally not considered to meet this definition. (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology Recommended Practice IEST-CC-RP-004.4 (pending))

Yes. Several internal studies have been performed applying Peridox Use Dilution to stainless steel, various plastics, glass, common flooring and aluminum without any visible material damage to those surfaces.  And because Peridox is an effective cleaner and disinfectant, it saves time by eliminating multiple steps that older chemistries require for scrubbing and rinsing. We always recommend testing Peridox in a small area before using. Always follow label instructions.

First, time. Peridox kills C. difficile on surfaces in 3 minutes as well as MRSA and other ESKAPE pathogens in less time and without the harmful residues of competing chemistries. Second, surface compatibility. Peridox won’t harm common plastics, stainless steel, glassware, video monitors and keyboards found in operating and procedure rooms. Third, superior cleaning and disinfecting. Peridox removes residues left by less effective chemicals without pitting or rusting, eliminating magnets for microbial food sources and potential harbor points for microbes.

Not well at all. Laundered microfiber, cotton, rayon and other similar products may bind active ingredients in your disinfectant, neutralizing the disinfectant and impairing performance, with the result that your disinfectant’s efficacy can fall quickly and unexpectedly below EPA requirements.

PREMIRA single use wipes and pads are compatible with most common hospital disinfectants, including quats, bleaches, some phenols and peroxides. Using PREMIRA single use wipes and pads eliminates a potential source of cross transmission and allow your disinfectant to do its job without wasting water and chemical trying to overcome what a laundry often leaves behind.

When it comes to training and supervising people, managers know that simple tasks and activities are more likely to be completed correctly. The more steps there are in any process, the more chances there are for the process to fail. That’s especially true when cleaning an operating or procedure room.  Proper laundering is a complex process that falls outside Infection Prevention’s and Perioperative Nursing’s direct control, and it’s one that is prone to break down and deliver inconsistent results.
 
PREMIRA microfiber products pose no risk of cross transmission when used as intended because they’re single use. Use them once with the appropriate disinfectant on a specific area or surface, then dispose of them according to your facility’s protocol.  It’s that simple.

Absolutely. PREMIRA single use products save steps, save time and improve outcomes while enhancing productivity within your existing cleaning protocols. How? By simplifying cleaning and disinfection routines. Reducing your dependence on laundry translates into fewer steps, simpler processes and more time to manage compliance and verify the end result - a cleaner, safer operating room for your patients.

Single use products obsolete the need for and complexity of color coding.  Color coding was meant to help sort and separate laundry (yeah – like this really happens) and to get the right product back to the right hospital application.  But that model has many moving parts and is subject to frequent breakdowns. Also, that kaleidoscope of colors hides the fact that the products are often not clean when they return from the laundry.  With the PREMIRA system, everything is white.  Users can see that their cleaning efforts are making a difference.

Not when you factor in the total costs of laundered microfiber.  Energy, water, chemical, labor and time are significant component costs of laundered microfiber too.  And when you factor in the cost and risk of inferior cleaning results, potentially higher re-admissions and lower HCAHPS scores, PREMIRA single use products just make sense.

PREMIRA, Klean Max™ and Sanotex systems from Contec Healthcare are a component of “best practices” for turnover and terminally cleaning critical environments.  These products improve processes with better application, quicker and more effective turnover and terminal cleaning and unimpaired efficacy of disinfectants, positively impacting HCAHP scores and re-admission rates. Therefore, the real cost to implement single use microfiber from Contec can become lower when compared to laundered products.

No. Microfiber designs can run the gamut. The concept behind microfiber is that the textile grabs contaminants from the surface, providing superior mechanical removal from a variety of different surfaces. However, the process and design of microfiber can vary greatly, impacting your cleaning results.  

Contec Healthcare’s microfiber is designed and manufactured using the same technology that Contec Inc. uses for pharmaceutical cleanrooms, aerospace, microelectronics, biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Our microfiber is dual textured, increasing its power to remove contaminants. Its soft surface makes it ideal for use on flat screens. And it’s designed and manufactured right here in the United States unlike competing microfiber which may contain harmful oils to keep the material from drying out, causing sensitive equipment to become discolored.  The PREMIRA Microfiber Wipe is processed in Contec’s ISO Class 5 cleanroom, an operation which bulks the wipes and gives it increased sorbency and particle holding power.

Yes. The PREMIRA Microfiber Wipe is a disposable, single use wipe processed in a cleanroom environment. Since it is disposable, it helps avoid cross transmission and residual issues inherent in re-laundered textiles. The cleanroom quality wipes leave a cleaner operating and procedure room, improving patient outcomes and perception among staff and patients alike.

Yes. In a turnover or terminal cleaning of a critical environment within a health care setting, the most important goal is improved patient outcomes with no re-admission. PREMIRA Microfiber Pads and the Klean Max Wall Washing Systems are made with the same superior quality materials and technology used in pharmaceutical and medical device cleanroom mops. These critical environments demand the most effective systems for cleaning and disinfecting; patient critical care environments should, too.

There are an endless and ever-changing variety of microorganisms out there to be disinfected, so during development Contec’s partners select bacteria, bacterial spores, viruses, molds, mildews and fungi that are most scientifically relevant to critical care environments based in part upon information from the CDC, APIC, AORN, HHS, WHO and other organizations.  Each organism identified on the disinfectant’s label is independently tested and must meet stringent requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before it can be listed on our disinfectant’s label.

That’s how the EPA’s regulatory standards work for disinfectants. Because every individual microorganism comes from a larger family of similar organisms, regulatory agencies may allow certain category claims to be made from tested pathogens to similar but untested pathogens from the same family (i.e. Ebola or Enterovirus D68. See EPA website for details). Such claims are unique to each pathogen. In order to make a kill claim on the label, all organisms identified must have actual test data that is presented to the EPA for review and approval. Contec’s partners carefully select bacteria, bacterial spores, viruses, molds, mildews and fungi that are the most scientifically relevant to critical care environments.

No. Those are broad categories only.  As a general rule, a product carrying a Bactericide, Virucide, Fungicide, or Sporicide label claim means that the product is effective against specific listed organisms within that pathogen’s family according to EPA guidelines and testing protocols. All organisms identified on the product label have been tested using the product, the test results have been reviewed, and the EPA has approved the inclusion of that pathogen on the product label.

Yes. Since Ebola has not undergone specific efficacy testing for EPA approved hospital-grade disinfectants, no disinfectant carries label claims for Ebola. However, in response to public health concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and EPA issued guidelines in the fall of 2014 recommending use of hospital-grade disinfectants with particular organism claims on hard, non-porous surfaces for inactivating the Ebola virus. Contec offers EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectants that kill non-enveloped viruses and meet the CDC’s recent published guidance for disinfecting areas where the Ebola virus is present. Peridox Concentrate Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaner meets those criteria.

Yes. Like Ebola, and due to time constraints for testing, there is no efficacy data as of December 31, 2014 specific to EV-D68 found on any EPA-registered disinfectant’s labeling. In response to public health needs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and EPA issued guidelines recommending disinfecting healthcare surfaces with an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant with kill claims for non-enveloped viruses (e.g. norovirus, poliovirus, rhinovirus). Contec offers EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectants responsive to the CDC’s recent published guidance. Peridox Concentrate Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaner meets those criteria.  For more information, please click here. Please contact your local Contec representative for more information on appropriate products.

Currently, there is no available EPA efficacy testing for disinfecting claims for the MERS virus.  However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations for Healthcare Professionals, http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/infection-prevention-control.html.  For MERS disinfection, products with label claims against human coronaviruses can be used in accordance with label instructions. PeridoxRTU® and Peridox® Concentrate Sporicidal Disinfectants meet these interim recommendations.

Yes. Although there are no antimicrobial products registered specifically against the H5N2 subtype of Avian Influenza A virus, EPA believes based on available scientific information that registered Avian Influenza A products will be effective against the H5N2 strain and other HPAI strains. The label will indicate that the product is effective against "Avian Influenza A" and specifies the sites (e.g., poultry houses and farm premises) for application of the product to kill or inactivate the Avian Influenza virus. Users should carefully follow the disinfection directions on the label to handle and safely use the pesticide product and avoid harm to human health and the environment. PeridoxRTU and Peridox Concentrate Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaners both meet the criteria set forth by the EPA.

Yes. C. auris infections tend to occur in hospitalized patients and can be resistant to antifungal drugs. In the annoucement, CDC recommended thorough daily and after-discharge cleaning of rooms of C. auris patients using EPA registered hospital disinfectants active against fungi. EPA is responsible for regulating hospital disinfectants and other antimicrobial pesticides used in heatlhcare facilities. EPA recommends using hospital disinfectant products with fungal claims, which should be effective against C. auris. EPA is continuing to work with CDC to evaluate the effectiveness of hospital disinfectants against Candida auris. Guidance to the companies that register antimicrobial products and seek label claims against C. auris is under development. PeridoxRTU and Peridox Concentrate Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaners currently meets the interim criteria set forth by the CDC. Click here for EPA article.

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