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disinfectant,

agent that destroys disease-causing microorganisms and their spores. Disinfectants, or germicides, are sometimes considered to be substances applied to inanimate bodies, whereas antisepticsantiseptic,
agent that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms on the external surfaces of the body. Antiseptics should generally be distinguished from drugs such as antibiotics that destroy microorganisms internally, and from disinfectants, which destroy microorganisms
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, not so potent, are agents that kill microbes on living things. Mercuric chloride, carbolic acid (phenol), and chlorinated lime and other chlorine releasing compounds are disinfectants used on contaminated objects. Formaldehyde and some other disinfectants suitable for use in sprays are also used as deodorants and as airborne disinfectants, or fumigants, in large enclosed spaces. Certain substances such as mercury toluene sulfonanilide are used for disinfecting seeds to protect against soilborne plant diseases. Some disinfectants, especially chlorine and chlorine compounds, are also used as preservatives for leather and other materials. In weaker solutions some disinfecting chemicals may be used on the skin. Disinfection of contaminated objects can also be accomplished by boiling, where appropriate.

disinfectant

[‚dis·ən′fek·tənt]
(materials)
A chemical agent that destroys microorganisms but not bacterial spores.

disinfectant

an agent that destroys or inhibits the activity of microorganisms that cause disease
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The actions taken to reduce the burden of XDR AB in our setup included closure of the ICU to new ad-missions over a weekend and high level disinfection based on published protocols of HICPAC with some customization to cater for local needs.
Additionally, this high level disinfection is accomplished in approximately 15 minutes, thereby reducing hospital room turnover time.
Lastly, through work stations that automate reprocessing documentation during high level disinfection, care providers can be assured they follow the necessary protocols to mitigate any risk for cross-contamination or patient infection.
The joint effort allows BHT to expand its existing offerings in the UK market for high level disinfection solutions in the most sensitive field of reprocessing flexible endoscopes," said Dr.
High Level Disinfection (HLD) offers significant cost saving advantages over sterilization methods.
Rapicide, cleared by the FDA in 2000 for use specifically in MediVators' and various other manufacturers' automated endoscope reprocessors, features a 5 minute at 35(Degree)C high level disinfection contact time, making it the fastest liquid chemical germicide currently available to healthcare providers.
Other ASP products include the CIDEX(R) Family of high level disinfectants, and the Automatic Endoscope Reprocessor (AER) for high level disinfection of flexible endoscopes.
Information is also provided about the company's CIDEX(R) Family of high level disinfectants, including the newly introduced CIDEX OPA Solution, a glutaraldehyde-free solution that provides high level disinfection in just 12 minutes at room temperature, and the AER for high level disinfection of flexible endoscopes.

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