WHAT IS CAVICIDE & HOW IS IT USED?
What Is CaviCide & How Is It Used?
The CDC estimates that over 75,000 people die each year from healthcare-related infections contracted from hospital stays. This means that almost 5% of patients who stay in the hospital contract an infection caused by bacteria or viruses on surfaces every year. Maintaining a clean, disinfected environment in many facilities has become even more difficult with the fight against Covid-19.
This disinfection maintenance costs millions of dollars annually in additional healthcare expenditures. The prevention of such infections is a priority, and this is where an effective decontamination agent is essential to maintaining a sterile environment. CaviCide is a potent weapon against healthcare-related infections and kills coronavirus pathogens within minutes of contact.
To help you in your fight against contaminants, bacteria, and viruses, Wolf Medical Supply has a complete inventory of CaviCide in spray bottles, packaged wipes, and 24-ounce containers. Read our comprehensive guide to CaviCide and other quaternary ammonium compound disinfectants to learn when to use them.
What Is CaviCide?
CaviCide is a surface disinfectant that kills harmful organisms on most non-porous surfaces. The active ingredients in CaviCide that kill the pathogens remain on surfaces for a considerable amount of time after application, continuing to kill pathogens well after the initial application.
Effectively destroying bacteria and disinfecting semi-critical and non-critical instruments, CaviCide also cleans and disinfects operating rooms, patient care areas, and laboratories. CaviCide is a ready-to-use disinfectant that is essential to maintaining cleanliness and killing pathogens in medical settings.
What Is a Quaternary-Based Disinfectant?
A quaternary-based disinfectant is a group of quaternary ammonium compounds (known as “quats”) that are highly effective in killing germs and bacteria on surfaces. To be considered a disinfectant and antibacterial, a product must kill microbes like staphylococcus aureus and E. coli. These disinfectants work to control cross-contamination from one setting to another.
Quats are considered safe and effective when used as directed. Practicing good hygiene with regular hand-washing and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces should be part of a more significant effort to reduce the spread of germs, especially Covid-19.
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
Many settings such as animal shelters, food preparation facilities, correctional facilities, and medical facilities use quaternary ammonium compounds to disinfect and kill bacteria. They are quite stable and remain effective for long periods.
What Is CaviCide Used For?
CaviCide can effectively disinfect surfaces in just about any setting including ambulances and ambulance equipment, neonatal units, critical care areas, patient surgical centers, and many more areas where the likelihood of bacteria and viruses is high.
In medical settings, CaviCide can also be used for:
- Exterior surfaces of anesthesia machines
- Exterior surfaces of infant incubators
- Laboratory equipment
- Surgical suites
- Emergency departments
- Hospital operating rooms
- NICU bassinets and warmers
- Respiratory therapy equipment
Dental surgical offices also deal with infectious diseases such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, human coronavirus, and seasonal flu. CaviCide is effective on:
- Exterior surfaces of dental operatories
- Dental curing lights
- Dental instruments
- Light switches, doorknobs, and other non-porous surface areas
In daycare settings, disinfection of surfaces and items is critical to avoid cross-contamination. CaviCide is useful on:
- Bathroom fixtures
- Child care equipment services
Where Is CaviCide Used?
In addition to medical facilities, childcare facilities, and dental offices, CaviCide works to kill pathogens in the following settings:
- Health clubs
- Isolation areas
- Bathrooms and laundry rooms
- Nursing homes
- Eyecare facilities
- Oxygen hoods
- Shopping carts
What Does CaviCide Kill?
CaviCide works within 3 minutes to kill the following on non-porous surfaces:
- Fungi: Trichophyton mentagrophytes
- Bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus, salmonella enterica, pseudomonas aeruginosa
CaviCide works within 2 minutes to kill the following:
- Enveloped viruses: Hepatitis B and C, herpes simplex 1 and 2, human coronavirus (non-SARS), human immunodeficiency virus 1, influenza virus A2, SARS Cov-2
- Drug-resistant bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus methicillin-resistant (MRSA), staphylococcus aureus resistant to vancomycin, vancomycin-resistant enterococcus faecalis
How To Use CaviCide
How Do You Disinfect With CaviCide?
CaviCide is a ready-to-use disinfectant spray with only 17% alcohol which is less than many other disinfectants effective in broad applications. This broad-spectrum intermediate-level surface disinfectant has the power to kill tuberculosis, viruses, fungi, and bacteria within minutes.
How Long Does CaviCide Take To Disinfect?
Fast-acting CaviCide requires only 2-3 minutes to kill and disinfect most bacteria, viruses, and fungi that cause cross-contamination in medical and other settings. It effectively reduces hospital and medical setting-caused infections, saving millions of dollars per year for those facilities.
Does CaviCide Need To Be Diluted?
CaviCide does not need to be diluted. It comes in a ready-to-use 24-ounce spray bottle which saves you time and money. You can also purchase CaviCide in ready-to-use one-step disinfectant and cleaner wipes that work in one minute. CaviCide also comes in 2.5-gallon containers for the best value.
Is CaviCide Harmful?
CaviCide is a front-line defense against pathogens that cause sickness and infections. CaviCide is not harmful. The benefits of CaviCide are clear:
- It is safe and does not contain bleach, phenol, or any toxic chemicals.
- There is no mixing required, so you don’t have to worry if the concentration is correct for killing deadly pathogens.
- It is a cleaner and disinfectant in one spray, so you save money and time.
- CaviCide kills drug-resistant pathogens, bacteria, and viruses within minutes of application.
Can I Use CaviCide at Home?
While CaviCide most often has applications in medical, dental, and other large group settings where cross-contamination is high, you can use it at home. CaviCide is harmful if inhaled or splashed in the eyes, so take the following precautions when using this cleaner:
- Skin contact: Wear gloves to remove contaminated clothing immediately and flush affected skin for 15 minutes with water. Dispose of clothing with CaviCide on it in a safe place. Seek immediate medical attention.
- Serious skin contact: Wash the contaminated skin with antibacterial soap and apply antibiotic ointment. Seek immediate medical attention.
- Eye contact: Check for and remove any contact lenses from the eyes. Hold eyelids open and flush with water for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention immediately.
- Inhalation: If someone inhales CaviCide, get the person to fresh air immediately. If the person is having difficulty breathing, administer oxygen. If the person is not breathing at all, administer CPR. Seek immediate medical attention.
- Severe inhalation: Remove person to fresh air and remove constricting clothing. Get medical help as soon as possible.
- Ingestion: if someone swallows CaviCide, wash it out of their mouth but do not induce vomiting. Loosen constricting clothing and seek immediate medical attention.
Is CaviCide Harmful to Pets?
While CaviCide does not have harmful ingredients to pets such as bleach, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, or chemical compounds that end with “phenol,” it is always best to secure your pets before cleaning with CaviCide or other cleaners. Even non-toxic cleaners can harm pets, so it is best to protect them from exposure by placing them in a secure area of the home where they will not encounter the cleaners before they have had time to dry.
Is CaviCide Safe To Touch?
Prolonged exposure to CaviCide can cause respiratory distress, an allergic reaction, or a skin reaction. CaviCide should only be used on non-porous surfaces such as stainless steel and not on people.
Before disinfecting, do the following:
- Clean the surface of dirt or fluids.
- After disinfection, let the surface air dry completely.
- When disinfecting surfaces where you prepare food or children’s toys, rinse after cleaning with CaviCide and let air dry completely.
- Frequently disinfect items that come into contact with hands, such as phones, doorknobs, etc.
- Do not flush the CaviCide wipes down the toilet. Instead, throw them away in the trash.
While frequent and thorough cleaning of surfaces can help minimize exposure to bacteria, viruses, and fungus, wearing gloves when cleaning and disinfecting with CaviCide is a good idea. If you do touch the CaviCide, wash your hands well afterward.
Using an effective surface decontaminant in medical facilities, dental offices, health clubs, and places with high cross-contamination is critical to keeping surfaces, devices, and instruments clean. CaviCide wipes and spray are composed of low alcohol, which can prevent deterioration of most equipment.
At the same time, killing bacteria and viruses such as TB, human coronavirus, and other pathogens is critical to preventing the spread of these and other illnesses. CaviCide wipes are the #1 choice for medical device materials and medical facility cleaning and disinfecting.
For over ten years, CaviCide wipes and spray have been successful in the fight against pathogens and are preferred in thousands of healthcare applications daily. Effective against coronavirus and SARS, CaviCide keeps medical facilities, dental offices, and other group-related settings clean with a broad-spectrum disinfectant.
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