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Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find some commonly asked questions about our products and services. This page is broken down into the following categories to make it easier for you to find what you need. They are as follows: Orders, Perisept, Microfibers, & Monitoring/Quality Control. If you have questions about our training programs, please see the training page listed at the top of the screen. For answers to questions other than those listed here, please give us a call.


Fight C-Diff FAQs

Perisept

What is Perisept?

Perisept is made by blending concentrated hydrogen peroxide with a peracetic solution (comprising of peracetic acid, acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide).

This one step, one-application disinfectant eliminates more than 99.9999% of C. difficile in 2 minutes. Perisept also kills MRSA, E. Coli and 50 other pathogens in 2 minutes; including the ESKAPE pathogens: Enterococcus faecalis (VRE), Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species. Perisept does not contain alcohol or bleach, it requires no rinsing and it also does not leave a film on surfaces.

Perisept is a unique hospital-grade sporicidal disinfectant that is ideal for all health care facilities, including but not limited to, patient rooms, obstetrical suites, autopsy facilities, operating rooms, doctor’s offices, physical therapy departments, ICU, emergency rooms, long-term care and nursing homes.

Why should I use Perisept?

Perisept provides Healthcare Workers (HCWSs) with a quick, safe, and affordable solution to breaking the chain of infection at its most crucial stage, the mode of transmission. It’s short contact times, two minutes for C-Diff, means a single disinfectant application can provide surface wetness for the full contact time. Click here for a full list of the pathogens Perisept combats. In addition, it has excellent material compatibility; it does not corrode or harm surfaces or materials used in healthcare, institutional, and residential settings. Perisept's one step one application, provides HCWs the ability to meet the demand of time, cost, efficiency, and efficacy.

Perisept Efficacy Data

Perisept Efficacy Data

Is there a ready-to-use of Perisept available?

Not at this time. However, technology is changing rapidly and we'll keep you posted if anything changes.

Can I use my regular trigger sprayers and bottles with this product?

No! Traditional trigger sprayers atomize pathogens into the air and are more harmful than helpful. If you choose to use Perisept with an applicator, it must be used with our special coarse applicator, as part of a pre-treat microfiber program, or with a flip top. These methods insure that Perisept is applied at a rate that thoroughly wets the surface and provides for the 2 minute contact time required to fully disinfect.

Where can I get an MSDS for Perisept?
Perisept Concentrate MSDS

Perisept Concentrate SDS

Where can I find complete directions on how to use Perisept?

Click here to download the Perisept Application Protocol for Disinfection or attend one of our training sessions on patient room cleaning and proper infection prevention.

Perisept Technical Guide

Perisept Technical Guide


Microfibers

What is microfiber?

In the most basic of terms, microfiber is plastic. Our microfiber is special because each thread of microfiber is split multiple times to ensure the highest performance is achieved. Each time the fiber is split it creates hooks that grab onto and hold dirt, debris, and micro-organisms. The more times the fiber is split the more hooks are available to grab and hold particulate. These hooks are also what snags the skin on your hands when you pick-up a microfiber product without gloves on. This is also what makes them a superior cleaning tool!

Why use our microfibers?

Our microfiber program consists of vibrant colors that lend themselves to a color-coding program. For more information, see “How does color-coding work with microfibers”. Our program offers enhanced cleaning performance with the latest microfiber polyester splitting technology. Our fiber is split multiple times to assure the highest performance is achieved. Our products offer unsurpassed durability and loop stability with molded fiber technology. Our microfiber backing is made up of a multi-layer filament that utilizes four different fabrics. The backing also undergoes a poly-coated treatment that provides better laundering. The backing construction also prevents linting.

Why should I use looped microfiber mops instead of short nap microfiber mops?

The loop in our microfiber flat mops is one of the critical components of the mop. Maintaining the loop structure is key to allowing the micro split fibers to grab particles along the entire length of the loop height. The loop picks up and holds tinny bacteria and other germs. The debris channels, between the loops, hold larger particles and eliminate the need for dust mopping. The debris channels are critical because once the top surface of the microfiber mop is filled, it no longer picks up debris. Our channels provide somewhere for that debris to collect providing greater coverage per mop than traditional microfiber mops.

Do tools really matter?

Yes! Microfiber, for instance, cleans better; microfiber flat mops are more productive and less fatiguing. In addition, the cost for a microfiber flat mop is less than with traditional mops and microfiber will last for years if properly laundered. The start-up costs can be daunting but typically Return on Investment (ROI) is less than 1 year in most instances.

If I switch to microfiber flat mops used in a pre-treat system, will I save money?

Yes! If we use a 300 bed facility as our benchmark and compare traditional string mops to microfiber flat mops, you will save 137,000 gallons of water per year and reduce your chemical costs by approximately $33,000 per year. In addition, you will experience reduced labor costs and lower mop replenishment rates due to a longer life cycle. On top of that, you will achieve a higher level of clean. Pike Systems can conduct a cost savings analysis for your facility as well.

What are you talking about when you mention a microfiber pre-treat program?

Using a microfiber pre-treat program has many benefits. You will save water, reduce chemical consumption, and achieve consistent results. With a pre-treat program, we pre-moisten microfiber wipers/cloths and mops so that they are ready to use on demand. The program is simple and requires the following 5 steps.

Microfiber Pre-Treat Process Chart

Microfiber Pre-Treat Process Chart

Sanotracin Solution Mixing Table

Solution Mixing Table

  • Measure proper chemical solution (see chart) in mixing bucket
  • Place mops and or clothes in pre-treat bucket
  • Pour solution over mops/cloths with back and forth motion
  • Place lid on bucket
  • Flip bucket over and let bucket sit for 15 minutes

How does color-coding work with microfibers?

See page four of the “Environmental Services Management of C. difficile Spores and other Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms Best Practices” Guide

  • The RED microfiber cloth is used to wet with disinfectants such as Sanotracin RTU. The RED microfiber cloth is used to disinfect the following direct patient contact areas: Patient beds, wheel chairs, stretchers, exam beds, OR Table, Procedure table, gurneys, Patient assist equipment.
  • The GREEN microfiber cloth is used wet with disinfectants like Sanotracin RTU for disinfecting the following high touch items: over the bed table, phone, nightstand, vertical and horizontal surfaces, remotes, TV, medical equipment, basins, high touch areas. The GREEN microfiber cloth is also used for wet and dry dusting.
  • The YELLOW microfiber cloth is used wet with disinfectants such as Sanotracin RTU for disinfecting the following areas: commodes inside and out, urinals inside and out, commode chairs inside and out. The YELLOW microfiber cloth is only used for these items and no other surface or equipment.
  • The BLUE microfiber cloth is used for bright work after being cleaned and disinfected with a GREEN microfiber cloth. The BLUE microfiber cloth can be used wet or dry to bring a shine to mirrors and bright work.

Microfiber Color-Coding Best Practices

Microfiber Color-Coding Best Practices

How do I launder my microfibers?
Microfiber Laundry Guidelines

Microfiber Laundry Guidelines

How long will the microfibers last?
Microfiber Life Cycles

Microfiber Life Cycles


Monitoring/Quality Control

Where can I get more information on monitoring devices?

You’ve come to the right place. Read on…..

How do I implement an environmental cleaning monitoring program?

Work together as an organization to put together a quality control audit processes. It has been shown that one-sided ventures fail yet, programs that include joint planning between infection prevention and environmental services are more successful. In addition, the audit plan should be in writing and result in common goals between departments. See the following documents for more information: Environmental Cleaning Toolkit & Improving the Cleaning Environment –Acute Care.

  • Determine which method you will use (ATP meter, Ultraviolet marker, cultures, etc.)
  • How many rooms or areas would you like to audit? You should look at approximately a 10% sampling of whatever area type you are targeting. For instance, if you are focused on patient rooms, select 10% of your patient rooms and audit those as part of this program
  • Use the CDC’s Environmental Checklist for Monitoring Terminal Cleaning as a benchmark and select which areas you will monitor
  • Conduct a baseline inspection to determine the percentages of critical areas currently cleaned
  • Train or Retrain the housekeeping staff on proper cleaning procedures. Hands-on training is most effective
  • Monitor compliance on a scheduled basis. Report findings frequently so that necessary adjustments can be made if needed
  • Revisit your baseline data to determine the impact of the quality control program

Improving the Cleaning Environment

Improving the Cleaning Environment

Environmental Cleaning Eval Kit

Environmental Cleaning Eval Toolkit

How can I assess the effectiveness of our cleaning practices?

The first step in any quality control program is training. In order to hold staff accountable for cleaning properly, you will need to train and retrain them. Once they have been trained and know what procedures should be followed throughout the hospital, you can begin conducting quality control inspections. There are a number of different ways to conduct quality control. By definition, quality control is a system for verifying and maintaining a desired level of quality in a product or process by careful planning, use of proper equipment, continued inspection, and corrective action as required. Given this, if you had time, you could conduct quality control checks by watching a housekeeper clean, by using monitoring devices such as an ATP meter or ultraviolet marker, by monitoring supply consumption, etc. Cleaning quality will improve through added educational opportunities for staff, better accountability of staff, and open dialogue with cleaning personnel. The key is to get started and set the goal of making progress each week or each month.

What monitoring devices are available?

Direct Practice Observation: This is the most expensive method of quality control you can use. It is exactly what you’d expect. Quality Control personnel directly observe the cleaning process, ideally anonymously. That said, it is very effective if you have documented procedures and a trained staff. The cost of this method is associated with the time you’ll need to observe members of the housekeeping staff as they are cleaning. It is important to note that Direct Observation is difficult to perform, does not directly identify pathogens, has a variable level of accuracy, but is very useful for teaching and reinforcing cleaning processes.

Ultraviolet Markers: Ultraviolet Markers are extremely affordable and effective in terms of assessing environmental cleaning. Essentially, you walk-through the areas before cleaning and mark key surfaces with a transparent ink that can only be seen when exposed to UV light. The ink dries invisibly and resists dry abrasion but can be easily removed after being wetted with light agitation. The key here is that a disinfectant and a rag/microfiber must both hit the surface that has been tagged in order for the mark to be removed. If you find that the mark has been effectively removed, this tells you that the housekeeper wiped and disinfected the surface. If part of the mark was removed but not all of it, you can assume that areas in the room were wiped and disinfected but not all areas were uniformly cleaned. If the mark is still visible, the area could have been missed, was not wet cleaned, or the surface was not wiped. It is important to note that Ultraviolet Markers are easy to use, do not directly identify pathogens, have a high level of accuracy, and are very useful for teaching and reinforcing cleaning processes.

ATP Meters: ATP meters are more expensive than Ultraviolet Markers but second in line overall in terms of cost. Long available and utilized in other industries such as food processing, ATP test meters are an easy way to regularly test the effectiveness of your cleaning operation. With an ATP meter, you can detect organic matter on surfaces in seconds. In addition, this scientific method is universally recognized for effectively measuring hygiene levels. ATP is defined as a molecule that is found in and around living cells and gives a direct measure of biological health based on the level of ATP on the surface. The lower the reading, the cleaner the surface is. Regardless of the type of facility you are responsible for, your goal should be to remove the maximum amount of soil, both seen and unseen. This is just an additional way to measure what you can’t see. It is important to note that ATP meters are easy to use, do not directly identify pathogens, have a variable level of accuracy, and are very useful for teaching and reinforcing cleaning processes.

Cultures (Swab & Agar): Agar Culture Systems and Culture Swabs are different from these other monitoring processes because they actually can identify pathogens on a surface. The challenge is that it takes time to receive results whereas other methods deliver results instantaneously. Due to the delay in receiving results, neither of these methods is useful for teaching. These are best used to detect a specific pathogen on a surface rather than testing for general cleanliness and disinfection.

How do I know what surfaces to test or monitor as part of a quality control program?

Best practices show that you should place an emphasis on “High Touch” areas for the greatest impact in reducing HAI’s. See the attached CDC checklist for the key areas of emphasis in a hospital quality control program.

Environmental Cleaning Checklist

Environmental Cleaning Checklist


Orders

How long will it take for me to receive my order?

It depends on which shipping method you have chosen. With standard shipping, orders placed prior to noon, Monday-Friday, ship out same-day via UPS Ground and will arrive at your location within 3-5 business days.

Can I change or cancel an order that I have already placed?

Sorry – once you have confirmed your order, we cannot cancel or change it. Please be sure to carefully review your order before you submit it.

What is your return/exchange policy?

Our hassle-free returns policy is designed to make returns as easy as possible for you. We accept product back in its original packaging for up to 15 days from the date of purchase. Give us a call to arrange pick-up of the item(s). You will be refunded for any items returned less any applicable freight charges.

Is your showroom open to the public?

Yes! Our hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Our address as well as directions can be located on our home site: www.pikesystems.com .

Will I get an order confirmation?

You’ll receive an immediate confirmation when you place your order on fightcdiff.com. You’ll also receive an order confirmation email based on the email provided at the time of order. Print and save both for your records, as they include an order number that you can use to track the status of your order.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept payment by American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, or Visa. Paying with credit card is easy and safe. Just enter your credit card information during checkout. Unfortunately, we are not able to process checks, money orders, Paypal, etc.

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