Budget-Friendly Infection Control

In the healthcare field, infection control is an integral part of the operating process. No matter what sector is being discussed, if it deals with the health or wellbeing of a patient, disinfection of the facility is absolutely necessary. Many facilities spend thousands of dollars to ensure their patients experience cleanliness and to prevent them from contracting disease while visiting. This includes sanitizers, disinfectants, detergents, and surface wipes with varying concentrations and applications. For instance, an infection control nurse or specialist may use one chemical to sanitize a counter top, while she uses another to disinfect a stethoscope, or examination. In addition, many chemicals require a high concentration to achieve the level of disinfection necessary which requires the facility to buy higher amounts of concentrate.


Along with surface disinfection, healthcare facilities also require other janitorial cleaning supplies, such as glass cleaner, detergents to clean the floor, and other supplies to clean facility restrooms. With all of these combined, it can be very common to have a closet full of different formulations, chemicals, and concentrations. What many infection control specialists may not realize is that all of these things are, more or less, doing the same job-reducing pathogens!

How you can cut costs, without sacrificing efficacy

When searching for ways to save money on infection control, it is very important that efficacy is not sacrificed. While it may seem daunting, this task is very possible. First, you should inspect and research the active ingredient in each. Compare the active ingredients and required concentrations in each product to see if any have the same. You may be able to eliminate any products with duplicate active ingredients and concentrations. Further, you may be able to eliminate products with the same active ingredient, but with different concentrations. An example of this would be having two bleach products, one being at 2000 parts per million for disinfection, and another bleach product at 500 parts per million for sanitization. The higher concentration product can be diluted in order to serve as the sanitizer as well, which eliminates the need for a separate product.

A step further

It is also possible to have one product that accomplishes all infection control needs, and can do the job of 3 or 4 different chemicals. Selective Micro Technologies was tasked with offering a disinfection protocol to a long term care facility that would save them precious resources. After an environmental impact inspection, it was found that the facility was using 4 different products with the same active ingredient, in addition to other products for glass and floor cleaning. SMT was able to offer them a solution that would replace all products with one, easy to use combination of pure chlorine dioxide and surfactant. This mixture serves as sanitizer, disinfectant, glass cleaner, floor cleaners, as well as a natural deodorizer. This system made cleaning rooms so much easier, not only did they save money on chemicals, but they were able to cut 1 full time cleaning position!

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