Relevant TechNotes and recommendations:…..Our supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution system in the US is thus far unaffected by COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. All of our raw materials are US sourced. As part of our disaster preparedness plans, we have made commercially reasonable contingency plans to mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus on our ability to supply Alconox Inc. detergents.
Did you know? If It’s Not Clean, You Can’t Sterilize.
Why must instruments be cleaned before being sterilized? According to the CDC, “Cleaning should precede all disinfection and sterilization processes.Cleaning involves the removal of debris (organic or inorganic) from an instrument or device. If visible debris is not removed, it will interfere with microbial inactivation and can compromise the disinfection or sterilization process.”
Q: Many of your Tergazyme related TechNotes and recommendations include warm temperatures. Warm temperatures can still denature some hormones and proteins thus causing cleaning problems. I would probably start with a cool (room temp or cooler) rinse (water). Then move to the 1-2% cleaning solution in warmer temperatures. Agreed?
Per Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting viruses and other pathogens, any form of disinfection necessarily follows cleaning. The process of cleaning will remove any residues that might shield any virus or pathogen from the disinfection step that comes next. Disinfection, following the thorough cleaning and rinsing, can be done with bleach solutions….
Q: We are a mid-sized medical device company and are looking at reviewing and optimizing our supply chain. Our goal is to move towards a culture of risk mitigation of our raw materials. As a consumer of your detergents, what is Alconox Inc. doing to ensure consistent supply chain?
A: Thank you for the question as it is both important, and certainly an area of deserved focus and scrutiny from regulatory bodies. Ensuring a continuous supply of drug, medical device or laboratory products requires a dependable supply of raw materials….
Q: We are a healthcare facility looking to comply with USP 800. Can Alconox Inc. help?
A: We can. USP 800 is a cleanroom standards overview concerning protection of workers and environments against hazardous drug compounds. This includes drugs that are characterized by carcinogenicity, teratogenicity or developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, organ toxicity at low doses, genotoxicity, or structure and toxicity profiles of new drugs that mimic existing hazardous drugs.