Testing the efficacy of sterilises and disinfectants
Did you know there is a difference between sterilisation, disinfection and cleaning?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Sterilisation is defined as the process that destroys or removes all forms of microbial life and is carried out in health-care facilities by physical or chemical methods.
Disinfection describes a process that eliminates many or all pathogenic microorganisms, except bacterial spores, on inanimate objects.
Cleaning is the removal of visible soil (e.g. organic and inorganic material) from objects and surfaces and normally is accomplished manually or mechanically using water with detergents or enzymatic products.
Now that we no the difference, you might be asking what are the most used sterilant is?
Chlorine and Hydrogen Peroxide are the two most commonly used sterilants for the disinfection and sterilisation in water across a wide range of industries. A few industries which have seen growth in sterilisation and disinfection are dental, dairy and poultry farms. Higher levels of Chlorine and Hydrogen Peroxide are needed when testing for concentrates of these chemicals, while lower levels of Chlorine and Hydrogen Peroxide are tested for once they have been used in the sterilisation processes. Occasionally you may also want very low levels, close to zero, which is where our test strips would work great.
Check out the videos below to see what we're currently recommending for both Hydrogen Peroxide and Chlorine testing.