Sterilizing & Disinfecting Glutaraldehyde Solution
Sterilizing & Disinfecting Glutaraldehyde Solution should be used for sterilization of heat-sensitive medical instruments. Glutaraldehyde solution is an alternative method of sterilization.
However, using caution is important for human safety. A high-level sterilizing solution used to immerse medical instruments for at least 45 minutes.
Also, the Glutaraldehyde solution destroys all pathogenic micro-organisms except for large numbers of bacterial endospores. When reviewing the product packaging, there is an activation date the person in charge of bio-hazardous waste will need to document the exact date of opening for use.
The product has a shelf-life of 28-days. It is a product that may be reused per instructions. The sterilizing and disinfecting solution has to be activated with the attached “Activator Plus”. Combined with the 128 fl. oz bottle before use.
Clean bodily fluids and blood from hard non-porous surfaces before the application of disinfectant or sterilant. Medical personnel may re-use solution, however, it is mandatory to be compliant by performing a Procheck test strip before reusing the solution. It is also mandatory to discard the 1-gallon sterilizing and disinfecting Glutaraldehyde solution after 28-days.
A ten-minute immersion at 68° F (20° C) will destroy all vegetative bacteria including S. aureus, S. choleraesuis, P. aeruginosa, E. coli, all pathogenic fungi, representative viruses and 99.99% of Mycobacterium strains’ (Quantitative TB) as represented by Bovis and terrae.
Material compatibility recommended for usage with medical devices made from the materials shown below:
- Vinyl and Tygon Tubing
- Nickel Plating
- Polyethylene Tubing
However, for additional information, here is a good link to review FDA-Cleared Sterilants and High-Level Disinfectants with General Claims for Processing Reusable Medical and Dental Devices.