Kerr TotalCare CaviWipes - Tried and True Product April 2011

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 05/20/2011
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Kerr TotalCare CaviWipes

Recommended to clean and disinfect exterior surfaces of hard, nonporous material in the healthcare setting, CaviWipes contain a sturdy substrate that will not bunch up during use.

Kerr TotalCare CaviWipes

Recommended to clean and disinfect exterior surfaces of hard, nonporous material in the healthcare setting, CaviWipes contain a sturdy substrate that will not bunch up during use.

High-level disinfection is what Kerr TotalCare promises when clinicians purchase their products. According to the Kerr TotalCare website, the company is committed to ?Protecting People? by providing high-quality infection- prevention and preventive products, including a complete line of enzymatics, barrier covers and sleeves, eye protections, hand hygiene products, and high-level and surface disinfectants.

One of the products in the Kerr TotalCare line that dentists have come to trust is the CaviCide line, and CaviWipes, which are presaturated in CaviCide. Ideal for dental labs, instrument-processing rooms, and dental operatories, CaviCide is perfect for cleaning and disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces and items such as dental lights and operatory countertops. CaviCide is a disinfectant, cleaner, and decontaminant all in one that features fast-acting kill times against tuberculosis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, HIV, and hepatitis B and C (See sidebar).

Quick kill times against these particular pathogens are important, especially since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have established stringent guidelines, which call for high level disinfection of both ?clinical contact? and ?housekeeping? surfaces in clinicians? offices1-3. This requirement, particularly as it relates to high-level disinfection of hepatitis-, HIV- or tuberculosis-contaminated surfaces, is appropriate because experiments have demonstrated the effectiveness of high-level disinfectants to inactivate these and other pathogens.

Unique Design

CaviWipes are available in regular (6? x 6.75?), FlatPack (7? x 9?), and XL (9? x 12?), and they come in canisters and flatpacks. These products offer the strength of CaviCide in a convenient, nonwoven wipe that sticks virtually anywhere infection prevention control is needed.

CaviWipes are recommended to clean and disinfect exterior surfaces of hard, nonporous material in the healthcare setting, such as operating rooms, surgical centers, neonatal units, medical and dental operatories, and other critical-care areas. These wipes contain a sturdy substrate that will not bunch up during use and they offer superior surface contact and better fluid capacity than competitive wipes.

A Clinician Favorite

The high level of disinfection and unique design of the Cavi- Wipes line make these wipes a popular choice among clinicians. In a recently published Dental Product Shopper evaluation of the CaviWipes product, a hygienist from Coarsegold, CA, summed up her experience with these products this way: ?The moisture is adequate, the smell isn?t offensive, the size is perfect, and the texture is awesome!? ?Colleen Platt

References

1. Kohn WG, Collins AS, Cleveland JL, et al. Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings-2003. MMWR. 2003;52 (no. RR-17):1-67.

2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens; final rule. Fed. Regist. 1991;56: 64003-182.

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA Memorandum from Stephen Mallinger. EPA-registered disinfectants for HIV/HBV. Washington, DC, 1997.

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