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Disinfecting Your Altus Worksurface Against COVID-19

By Team Altus | Published Apr 29, 2020 | 7 MIN READ

A guide to disinfecting your Altus medical workstation worksurface with EPA approved COVID-19 disinfectants.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently expanded its disinfectant list against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Disinfecting Your Worksurface Against COVID-19

As a manufacturer of medical sit-to-stand workstations, Altus is doing everything we can to help support our customers combat the virus. Our seamless worksurfaces not only mitigate the buildup of potential contaminants and are easy to clean, but they can be disinfected without diminishing the surface.

Prevent the spread of the virus in your hospital with this guide to disinfect your Altus worksurface with EPA approved COVID-19 disinfectants.

EPA’s Criteria

Since SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus, it’s not yet readily available for commercial laboratory testing. It’s good to consider how the EPA regulates the list. The EPA determines disinfectants to kill the virus when one of the two needs are met:

  1. The disinfectant demonstrates effectiveness against a harder-to-kill virus.
  2. The disinfectant demonstrates effectiveness against another type of human coronavirus akin to SARS-CoV-2.

Altus Approved Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Below are some of the approved disinfectants that have shown to have no discoloration or damage to the finish on Altus 3D laminate worksurfaces.

  • Agar™ Powerquat
  • Asepticare™
  • Asepticare™ TB-II
  • AVISTAT-D™ Ready To Use Spray Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Biotrol BirexSE®
  • Bleach 1:5 (20% bleach)
  • Bleach-Rite® Disinfecting Spray
  • CaviCide™
  • CaviCide™ AF
  • Citrace® germicide
  • Clorox® Broad Spectrum Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Clorox® Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Cleaner
  • Clorox® Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes
  • Clorox® Healthcare Dispatch® Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant with Bleach
  • Clorox® Healthcare EZ-KILL® Wipes
  • Clorox® Healthcare VersaSure® Cleaner Disinfection Wipes
  • Diversey™ Accel® INTERVention® Wipes
  • Diversey™ Accel® TB
  • ERC Performance Wipes
  • FADE-A-DYNE II Recommended Disinfectants*
  • Lysol® Disinfectant Spray
  • McKesson Disposable Germicidal Surface Wipes
  • McKesson Pro-Tech RTU Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Micro-Chem Plus™
  • OPTIM® 1 Wipes
  • OPTIM® 33TB
  • Oxivir® 1 RTU
  • Oxivir® TB
  • PDI Sani-Cloth® AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipes
  • PDI Sani-Cloth® HB
  • PDI Sani-Cloth® Plus
  • PDI Super Sani-Cloth®
  • PDI Super Sani-Cloth® Bleach Germicidal Disposable Wipes
  • Precise Hospital Foam Cleaner Disinfectant
  • Precise QTB Spray
  • Sani-Kleen Broad-Cide 128
  • SaniZide® Plus
  • Santimine 150
  • Virex®II 256
  • Virox AHP 5
  • Wex-Cide 128

Download Our Altus Approved Disinfectants Sell Sheet

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting

Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting don’t all mean the same thing. It’s important to know the difference to ensure you are properly cleaning your worksurface.

Cleaning: Removing foreign matter that is visible to the naked eye such as dirt. Cleaning does not eliminate the presence of bacteria. Cleaning can be performed using manual processes such as wiping, brushing, flushing and soaking and adding water or detergent.

Sanitizing: Sanitizers are agents that destroy 99.999 percent of bacteria in 30 seconds, therefore reducing the occurrence and growth of bacteria. Sanitizing does not eliminate some spores and viruses.

Disinfecting: This uses hospital-grade disinfectants that destroy and eliminate spores and viruses within 10 minutes. In a hospital setting, it’s more important to kill all germs even if it takes longer.

The Act of Disinfecting

Disinfecting is a three-step process.

  1. Perform hand hygiene.
  2. Clean – with a new wipe or cloth, use a rub or scrub motion to remove dust, soil, food, feces, blood, sputum or any other foreign matter. Immediately go to step 2.
  3. Disinfect – with a new wipe or cloth, use a rub or scrub motion. To fully disinfect, the object must be wet for 1-15 minutes depending on which disinfectant solution you use and then air-dried.

Use a new wipe in between cleaning, disinfecting, and when moving to another surface. Many studies have shown a failure to do so allows bacteria to transfer to that surface and the hands of the person holding the wipe.

Cleaning Considerations

Even if hospital-grade approved, it is recommended that any cleaning solution be tested on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure the surface is not harmed. Never use steel wool or other abrasive materials that will damage the surface finish.

Before using any cleaning product always read and follow the worksurface manufacturer’s directions carefully.

COVID-19: Altus is Here to Help

Altus is pulling out all the stops to ensure that we can help our customers through this pandemic and produce the equipment they need as quickly as possible. Below are some of the steps Altus is doing in response to COVID-19.

Since the spread of the virus, Altus has launched a powered telehealth cart for increased telemedicine usage, a ventilator cart to support vital equipment, and a virtual visitor pole for those isolated in the hospital.

Wall-mounted workstations and non-powered workstation on wheels are the ideal lower-cost solution to contain equipment to single or isolation units.

We are prioritizing orders that are urgent due to the global pandemic. As always, orders of 20 or less sit-to-stand workstations are shipped within 10 business days. Since the virus began, Altus has shipped out 100's of carts in record time.

Altus is manufactured in the USA. This means quick turnaround, shipping, and a robust supply chain.

Before shipping to our customers, all carts and accessories are cleaned with EPA approved disinfecting cleaner. The Altus team is wearing gloves, increasing handwashing, and regularly disinfecting our production area.

Our team is working hard to supply rush orders. Let us know how we can help your hospital by dropping us an email [email protected]

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