Frequently Asked Questions

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Most Common Questions

  • Are eye wash stations required for areas where Sani-Cloth® Germicidal Disposable Wipes and Sani-Prime® Germicidal Spray are utilized?

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    Eye wash stations are not required for areas where Sani-Cloth® Germicidal Disposable Wipes and Sani-Prime® Germicidal Spray are utilized as intended for surface disinfection. Although these products are classified as eye irritants, there is no OSHA or ANSI regulation that requires an eye wash station for eye irritants and therefore one not needed for these products. Handling of any chemical product, whether category 1, 2, 3, or 4, include using PPE when required, engineering controls if appropriate, and safe work practice controls to minimize any risk of exposure

  • Why is the Prevantics® Device Swab solution beneficial?

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    By using an antiseptic to disinfect the needleless access site, you are decreasing the risk of the patient acquiring a bloodstream infection (BSI) which can be fatal to the patient. According to the CDC, “Disinfection of the devices with Chlorhexidine /alcohol solution appears to be most effective in reducing colonization”.

  • If I use the Prevantics® Device Swab product, will I still need to use an alcohol impregnated cap?

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    Not necessarily. If clinicians follow all existing infection prevention and control measures, such as hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment, use of chlorhexidine-based skin antisepsis, etc. then the use of an alcohol impregnated cap may not be clinically indicated. This would be evaluated by ongoing surveillance of HAI rates.

  • Does PDI offer any hypoallergenic products?

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    The following PDI products are considered hypoallergenic:
    Hygea® Premium Multi-Purpose Washcloths (SKU J14143)
    Hygea Multi-Purpose Washcloths (SKUs J22750, J14108, J21396, U12095)
    Hygea Flushable Personal Cleansing Cloths (SKU A500F48)
    Nice ‘n Clean® Baby Wipes, Unscented (SKUs Q70040, M233XT)
    Nice ‘n Clean Baby Wipes, Scented (SKUs Q34540, M225XT)
    Nice ‘n Clean Newborn Baby Wipes (SKU Q387S40NY)

  • What is contact time and what happens if the surface dries before the stated contact time on a Sani-Cloth® and Sani-Prime®product label?

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    The contact time listed on the product label is the total amount of time that it takes to inactivate ALL of the microorganisms listed on the product label. This time is typically referred to in minutes, and should be communicated to staff members that are utilizing the disinfectant. In certain geographies and also in settings where temperature, relative humidity, and air changes may vary, it is possible that the surface may not remain visibly wet for the designated contact time. Current EPA guidance requires that the treated environmental surface or equipment remains wet for the contact time stated on product label. Additional wipes may be needed in order to comply with the EPA guidance, however the overall contact time does not change.

    While the EPA requires the treated environmental surfaces to remain wet for the stated contact time, leading researchers in infection prevention offer an alternate view. In a commentary published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (March 2018, vol. 39, no. 3, pp 229-331), Dr. W.A. Rutala and Dr. D. J. Weber suggest that contact time and treatment time are mutually exclusive. They suggest that treatment time, irrelevant of wet time, should be followed by healthcare workers for wipes and sprays (except bleach products.) PDI will continue to monitor the science closely and provide their customers with the latest information as federal law permits.

  • Do Sani-Cloth® Germicidal Disposable Wipes and Sani-Prime® Germicidal Spray contain any ingredient listed as carcinogenic?

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    Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes and Sani-Prime Germicidal Spray DO NOT contain any ingredients listed as a carcinogenic by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This applies to ALL Sani-Cloth products, including Sani-Cloth Prime, Sani-Prime, Super Sani-Cloth, Sani-Cloth AF3, Sani-Cloth Bleach, Sani-Cloth Plus, and Sani-Cloth HB brands. To register any disinfectant product with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the manufacturer is required to provide the EPA with the product’s manufacturing process, active and inactive ingredients, efficacy, chemistry, toxicity, and information about relevant impurities. The EPA conducts a thorough review of these materials and product’s ingredients. The agency would not register any product if it contained carcinogens without requiring relevant label warnings (40 CFR 156.10(g)(7)). As such, Sani-Cloth Wipes and Sani-Prime Spray do not contain carcinogenic label warnings.

  • Why are Prevantics® Skin Antiseptics applied using back and forth strokes?

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    The back and forth strokes provide friction which allows for deeper penetration of the antiseptic into the cracks and fissures of the skin in the epidermis.

  • Which products are compatible with my equipment?

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    Our products are designed to be compatible. Extensive work has been performed on materials and equipment to confirm compatibility. For information on Compatible by Design™, our comprehensive program and resources for improving healthcare equipment compatibility, review our “PDI Material Compatibility Reference Guide” and other compatibility resources.

    Please refer to the surface or equipment manufacturer’s guidelines for approved disinfecting instructions and contact your local PDI representative or Customer Care with any additional questions..

  • Who uses the Profend® Nasal Decolonization Kit?

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    Perioperative nurses who care for patients prior to surgery and nursing staff in other areas of the hospital,ie. ICU, are the primary users of the Profend Nasal Decolonization Kit. Profend offers unique features valued by clinicians – a preference study showed that over 90% of nurses preferred Profend over other PVP-I nasal antiseptic products.

    SOURCE: PDI user acceptance study.

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