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    Re: What do you use to disinfect your loop ?

    Don't you worry about disinfectants (other than that specified by the manufacturer) causing problems with components (melting plastic or other parts, etc.)? Yes, lots of things can disinfect but might also cause other problems. I would have concern about using the CCR as a very expensive test tube for mixes other than those called for by the manufacturer.

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    Re: What do you use to disinfect your loop ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey C Gershen  View Original Post
    Betadine but use a 10% solution and really rinse it out well. It's nasty stuff if you inhale it. Betadine is used in hospitals, so should be available.
    Just to be anal-retentive about chemical safety (its part of my job decription) Please follow the manufacturers guidelines and if you can get hold of the MSDS have a good read and follow any safety precautions. This goes for any cleaners for that matter.

    some info for those considering or using betadine or similar products.
    Betadine wipes for wounds etc is an iodine based product (10% solution with 1% available iodine). Occasional exposure to the skin can be tolerated well by most people. However that's not the case with concentrated solutions.
    My experience in the lab is that a concentrated iodine cleaner can be an irritant to the airways and eyes (especiallly when in confined spaces with surfaces are at 37C ). Also some people are allergic to iodine. Prolonged exposure can result in thyroid diseases, toxicity, cretinism of the newborn and occasionally death. where is the :blah: smiley icon when i need it???


    But with all the health stuff aside....We use it because it breaks down protein really well. But we have to follow with a thorough water rinse as it will pit the metal surfaces with prolonged contact. we don't use it on plastics because of the great staining properties it has.
    Last edited by bendomatic; 29th November 2006 at 05:00.

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    Re: What do you use to disinfect your loop ?

    Quote Originally Posted by alfazulu  View Original Post
    Bendomatic,

    are you familiar with quaternary ammonium compound like in Dettox (UK household product) and any reasons why it would not be suitable for lung cleaning/disinfection?
    read the canadian defense force report.. They discuss all the major types of sanitizers and their good and bad points..
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    Re: What do you use to disinfect your loop ?

    I'm worried more about cleaning the pee valve more than the loop.
    I rinse te loop every day, use Virkon evry 3 days annd use virkon on the pee valve and hose every day.
    Been working but I'm a newbie 200+ hrs.

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    Re: What do you use to disinfect your loop ?

    Quote Originally Posted by alfazulu  View Original Post
    I just freak out at the thought of my wife finding out I pay 10 quids for Buddy Clean!

    You told her the evo came in a christmas cracker, didnt you!!

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