This report addresses issues relating to the use of spray cleaner-disinfectants and the importance of using the right product for any cleaning and disinfection task.
Spray disinfectants have a number of benefits, including one-step cleaner-disinfectant formulations that are fast and convenient. Bleach-based sprays are most commonly used in isolation rooms, patient bathrooms and in emergency departments, while quat/alcohol sprays are utilized in a wide variety of areas. Hydrogen peroxide-based sprays can be effective on high-touch surfaces in patient rooms as well as on soft surfaces and in isolation rooms. The challenge is that some healthcare institutions prohibit or limit their use due to concerns about inhalation by patients and healthcare personnel.
In some applications within the healthcare environment, use of a trigger-spray product may be advantageous. For example, trigger sprays can provide controlled disinfectant application and target areas such as corners, cracks and small spaces that might be overlooked with wipes and other application methods. Additionally, for patient restrooms, disinfectant sprays and wipes are used in combination to ensure compliant disinfection of environmental surfaces. Another consideration is that instrument reprocessing protocols can also incorporate trigger-spray for-mats to ensure even surface coverage.