We know how much work is involved in providing the best experience for your patients and staff, from the moment they walk into your practice to the moment they leave. From researching new treatments, implementing innovative equipment, improving relationships within the surrounding community and ensuring that your company culture is reflective of your staff, there is a lot to manage to provide the best service to your patients and care for the well-being of your team. In addition, ensuring that your practice is free of harmful pathogens is another task that you and your team must complete repeatedly over the course of the day, making it even more critical to ensure that you are correctly using the disinfectants available to you.
One of the biggest complaints that we hear from veterinary nurses is the issues that they face when it comes to diluting disinfectants properly. Not only does every disinfectant on the market have their own recommended dilution, but dilutions change for the area or equipment that requires disinfecting. To complicate matters even more, each different disinfectant chemistry used requires their only unique test strips. While disinfecting surfaces and equipment is a necessary task that must be completed to prevent pathogens from impacting your patients, it takes time, and the correct processes and procedures must be put in place for your staff to acquire the proper dilution and correctly disinfect surfaces every time.
Why Proper Dilution Matters
Some people believe that the more potent a disinfectant, the better it will perform in destroying viruses and bacteria and disinfecting surfaces. While in theory this makes sense, reality tells a different story. Labels and SDS sheets are provided to allow individuals to understand what they can expect from the product, how it must be handled, and how an individual should be treated if they are exposed to the product. If the dilution of the disinfectant is incorrect, the information that has been provided is now no longer applicable, causing your team to question the product and how it may affect patients, equipment, and themselves.
On the other hand, over diluting the product in an effort to save money, can prove to be harmful to your practice as well. While pathogens can be destroyed with the proper disinfectant, this is only the case if the disinfectant is strong enough to be able to handle the task at hand. Every disinfectant has clear directions of use that must be followed to ensure product efficacy, whether it is in its concentrated or diluted forms.
How We Make it Easier
Rescue® Veterinary Disinfectant has developed a method of diluting our concentrated formula, taking the guesswork out of disinfecting various surfaces and pieces of equipment. Our Ready to Dispense Concentrate One-Step Disinfectant Cleaner & Deodorizer allows your staff to dilute our Concentrate Cleaner with the appropriate amount of water, every time. Not only does it allow your team to maintain proper dilution, but it ensures a higher degree of quality control as well!
In addition, we provide clear instructions on how our Concentrate One-Step Disinfectant Cleaner & Deodorizer should be used in each space. Created from our specifically crafted formula that features the disinfecting power of Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide®, our Concentrate One-Step Disinfectant Cleaner & Deodorizer can be used on;
- Animal crates & carts
- Exam tables
- Laboratory and Exam room equipment
- Food & water bowls
- Harnesses & leashes
- Transportation materials, and more!
With several areas of your practice requiring frequent disinfection throughout the day, we recommend diluting and storing our concentrated formula so that it’s available to your staff on a daily basis.
We know that disinfecting your practice can be time-consuming, but once proper processes and procedures are in place, you and your team will be able to create the best environment for your patients each and every day. To learn more about cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention, visit our new online learning portal titled, “If You Only Knew…”. In just 30 minutes, you will become an expert in how to properly disinfect your practice every single day!