Surface Compatibility

Compatibility on Healthcare Surfaces

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Compatibility on Healthcare Surfaces

Surfaces and medical equipment found in the healthcare environment are made up of many different types of metals, plastics and polymers. The compatibility of these materials with commonly used liquid cleaners and disinfectants is critical to ensure that surfaces and equipment look good and function correctly.

Clorox Healthcare provides a number of educational and informational resources, materials compatibility guidelines and information on medical device endorsements to help you make the best disinfectant choices to keep surfaces and equipment clean, and to protect the patient environment.

Compatibility Resource Guide

Learn about why compatibility should matter and how to apply this to cleaning the different surfaces and materials found in your facility.

Materials Compatibility Charts

Clorox scientists have evaluated the compatibility of many of our most frequently used healthcare disinfectants with the materials most commonly found in the healthcare environment. Download the disinfectant compatibility chart to see how well our disinfectants will perform on these materials.

Compatibility with Medical Devices

Every manufacturer of medical devices and equipment should include in their directions for use, comprehensive maintenance guidelines that include instructions on how to clean and disinfect. Ideally, guidelines should list specific cleaning and disinfectant products that the manufacturer has evaluated for compatibility, but often, only products containing active ingredients such as sodium hypochlorite, hydrogen peroxide or quaternary ammonium chloride may be listed.

Are medical devices and equipment compatible with your disinfectant? What to ask manufacturers.

This resource provides a list of questions and talking points to consider when purchasing medical devices or when you are seeking information from manufacturers on maintenance. We also encourage our customers to speak with medical equipment manufacturers about the importance of designing equipment that can be effectively disinfected.

 

Medical devices with endorsement for use of Clorox Healthcare disinfectants

There are many thousands of medical devices and pieces of equipment in use in facilities. Clorox Healthcare works with some of the leading medical equipment manufacturers to test our disinfectants on their equipment with the goal of getting Clorox Healthcare products listed on cleaning and maintenance guidelines.

This is an ongoing activity and we are continually updating the list of manufacturer endorsements as devices and equipment are tested for compatibility with our new and existing disinfectants. Browse by equipment type to see which manufacturers have endorsed the use of Clorox Healthcare disinfectants on their medical devices and equipment. There may be other devices and equipment with endorsements for Clorox Healthcare products not listed here, so always check guidelines to see how best to clean and disinfect.

Compatibility Partners

Clorox Healthcare is always looking for innovative ways to partner with materials manufacturers, medical device and equipment manufacturers, and healthcare furniture manufacturers. Some of our current partnerships showcase how we’ve worked with these companies to provide customers with the reassurances that surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected effectively, and with little or no loss in surface aesthetics or integrity.

 

Clorox Healthcare has partnered with The Mitchell Group, the industry authority on faux leather upholstery fabrics, to evaluate the compatibility of two of our healthcare disinfectants with two of Mitchell Group’s upholstery brands designed for the healthcare market. We are pleased to announce that after extensive testing, Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes and Liquids, and Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes can be used to clean and disinfect fabrics from the Sta-Kleen Polycarbonate and Sta-Kleen Silicone brands from Mitchell without the need for a time-consuming rinse and dry step. Simply apply the products according to the directions for use, ensure the surface stays wet for the contact time, and leave to dry. The testing has demonstrated the resilience of these two brands to the two Clorox Healthcare disinfectants, meaning that the time consuming rinse step typically required after application of disinfectants to these types of fabrics can be eliminated without compromising the integrity of the fabric.

 

About durable coated fabrics: A durable coated fabric is a material that has one or more layers of a film-forming polymer such as vinyl, polyurethane, or silicone on the outer surface of the fabric. Such fabrics are widely used to upholster furniture such as chairs, couches, examination/surgical tables, and dental chairs used in healthcare settings. To reduce the risk of damage to these surfaces from repeated use of cleaning and disinfecting products, manufacturer cleaning and maintenance guidelines specify the application of a disinfectant for the contact time, followed by rinsing to remove excess disinfectant before drying the surface. However, in practice, the rinse step is not often carried out, particularly if the disinfectant is applied with a wipe, increasing the risk of fabric damage.

 

Enhance the connection between care providers and patients while optimizing clinical workflows with HP Healthcare Edition PCs and clinical review displays. They can be cleaned with Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes every shift, every day. To learn more about how HP has reimagined healthcare technology to put doctor, clinician and patient needs before anything else, visit hp.com/go/healthcare.

 

To learn more about how Kwalu has combined the correct products and protocols to ensure effective surface disinfection, and to reduce the risk of cross-transmission of pathogens for patients, visit kwalu.com.

 

Eastman sets the standard for plastics compatibility testing with its four-step methodology. Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, used in a variety of medical equipment, is compatible with Clorox Healthcare® disinfectants.

 

Prime Medical is the exclusive manufacturer of Clorox Healthcare™ privacy curtains and CloroxPro™ scrubs and lab coats made with Chlorine-Shield™ fabric technology. Simply by laundering with EPA-registered bleach, the fabric binds with chlorine to create a sanitizing shield that lasts for up to 12 weeks, resists fading, and the antimicrobial technology remains durable through a minimum of 75 industrial wash cycles. Compatible with Clorox Healthcare® Fuzion® Cleaner Disinfectant and Clorox® Germicidal Bleach. Learn more at primemedical.com.

Chlorine-Shield is a trademark of Prime Medical.

 

INFAB partnered with Clorox Healthcare to demonstrate excellent compatibility on all lead aprons under clinical settings. Testing was performed over a 10-week period and showed no damage to the aprons.

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