Disinfectantion of Bloodborne Pathogens
posted on October 31, 2016 2:54 PM
When cleaning up a crime or trauma scene, it is expected that there will be biological infectious waste including blood, bodily fluids, viral pathogens (such as HIV) or bacterial pathogens (such as TB). With this in mind, it is very important to pre-clean surfaces to remove all visible organic load and then disinfectant with a broad-spectrum disinfectant with the appropriate claims, such as Benefect(virucidal, bactericidal, fungicidal and tuberculocidal).
"The tuberculocidal claim is used as a benchmark by which to measure germicidal potency. Because mycobacteria have the highest intrinsic level of resistance among the vegetative bacteria, viruses, and fungi, any germicide with a tuberculocidal claim on the label (i.e., an intermediate-level disinfectant) is considered capable of inactivating many pathogens, including much less resistant organisms such as the bloodborne pathogens (e.g., hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and HIV). Rather than the product's specific potency against mycobacteria, a germicide that can inactivate many pathogens is the basis for protocols and regulations indicating the appropriateness of tuberculocidal chemicals for surface disinfection."
Source: CDC - Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings, 2005
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