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Hospital Cleaning and Disinfecting

There are few environments  where disinfection is more important than a hospital. Most patients are dealing with some type of injury or illness that that has weakened or distracted the immune system…and when the immune system is overloaded, germs that ordinarily wouldn’t pose a threat can be much more dangerous.

While some multi-resistant microorganisms can make cleaning a hospital tricky no matter what you use, there are tried and true solutions for protecting staff and patients alike that remain relevant and helpful. Here’s some products recommended for hospital-level disinfection:


  1. Iodophors: These are effective for disinfection. An Iodophor is a mixture containing iodine complexed with a solubilizing agent, such as a surfactant or water-soluble polymers, for example, povidone.

  2. Antiseptic (Hydrogen Peroxide): Hydrogen peroxide is used for disinfection and is effective against a wide range of microorganisms.

  3. Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite): Bleach is a powerful disinfectant that is effective against a broad spectrum of microorganisms.

  4. Alcohols 60-90%: Ethanol and isopropyl alcohol are effective for disinfection.

  5. Quaternary Ammonium, Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide, Phenolics, and Peracetic Acid: These are some of the EPA-registered chemicals that hospitals use for disinfectants.

    Newer “no-touch” (automated) decontamination technologies include aerosol and vaporized hydrogen peroxide, mobile devices that emit continuous ultraviolet (UV-C) light, a pulsed-xenon UV light system, and use of high-intensity narrow-spectrum (405 nm) light. These “no-touch” technologies have been shown to reduce bacterial contamination of surfaces. But until these new strategies become economically feasible, people are wise to remember that the classic disinfecting products still work for killing most germs and viruses, and the consistency and diligence of the cleaning schedule is as important as the product used. 

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