Dental FAQs

  1. What is Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution?
  2. How does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution differ from Cidex OPA®?
  3. How does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution differ from other glutaraldehyde sterilizing solutions?
  4. How long does it take Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution to achieve high level disinfection?
  5. Does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution require special ventilation?
  6. Does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution require activation or mixing?
  7. How long does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution remain effective?
  8. What is the shelf life of Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution?
  9. Is Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution's safe for use on metal instruments commonly used in hospitals and clinics?
  10. Is phenol present in the activated product?
  11. How does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution smell?
  12. What are the appropriate disposal procedures for Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution?
  13. Is the Sporicidin® Antimicrobial Lotion Soap an alternative to chlorhexidine for scrubbing?
  14. Is Sporicidin® Antimicrobial Lotion Soap an effective antimicrobial soap for bacteria as well as fungus?
  15. What are Sporicidin® Disinfectants?
  16. Can Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution be used to clean-up blood at crime and accident scenes?
  • 1. What is Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution?

    Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution is a cold sterilizing solution. It is a potentiated alkaline glutaraldehyde (pH 7.4) with a phenate buffer that produces a synergistic effect accounting for the lowest level of glutaraldehyde necessary for 100% hospital level disinfection. Sporicidin Sterilizing & Disinfecting Solution is a 1% alkaline glutaraldehyde solution that is effective at 25°C and has excellent tuberculocidal and high level disinfection capabilities. Sporicidin Sterilizing & Disinfecting Solution provides effective high level disinfection of a wide range of endoscopes and other medical devices.

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  • 2. How does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution differ from Cidex OPA®?

    Sporicidin is a 1% glutaraldehyde sterilizing solution which has been used in hospitals and clinics on endoscopes since 1978. Cidex OPA, a more recent product, is not a sterilizing solution. It is a high level disinfectant containing orthophthalaldehyde, which recently caused "9 episodes of anaphylaxis following cystoscopy," as reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

    Sokol WN. Nine episodes of anaphylaxis following cystoscopy caused by Cidex OPA (orthophthalaldehyde) high-level disinfectant in 4 patients after cystoscopy, J Allergy Clin Immunol 2004 Aug;114(2):392-7

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  • 3. How does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution differ from other glutaraldehyde sterilizing solutions?

     

    1. It is the only 1% glutaraldehyde solution that is registered by FDA for sterilization. Other such products require up to 3.4 % glutaraldehyde.
    2. It requires only 20 minute soaking time for high level disinfection. Other glutaraldehyde products require up to 45 minutes soaking time.
    3. It is environmentally safe. The container can be disposed of in the regular trash.
    4. It is recommended and/or used by the major scope manufacturers for use with their instruments.

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  • 4. How long does it take Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution to achieve high level disinfection?

    Sporicidin Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution achieves high level disinfection in 20 minutes at 25°C.

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  • 5. Does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution require special ventilation?

    No, if it is used in a room with normal ventilation.

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  • 6. Does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution require activation or mixing?

    Yes. Sporicidin Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution is packaged with an activating chemical. Always follow label directions.

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  • 7. How long does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution remain effective?

    Once opened and activated, Sporicidin Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution remains active for 14 days.

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  • 8. What is the shelf life of Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution?

    Unopened, 3 years.

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  • 9. Is Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution's safe for use on metal instruments commonly used in hospitals and clinics?

    Yes. However, since Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution contains water, we recommend that instruments not be left overnight (after the appropriate soaking time), or on damp towel, to prevent corrosion due to electrolytic activity of metals in water.

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  • 10. Is phenol present in the activated product?

    No. During the manufacturing process, the phenol which is listed on the label is converted into sodium phenate (pH 7.4).

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  • 11. How does Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution smell?

    It has a hosptial-clean fragrance which many users equate with cleanliness.

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  • 12. What are the appropriate disposal procedures for Sporicidin® Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution?

    Sporicidin Sterilizing and Disinfecting Solution can be discarded down hospital or office drains in accordance with local regulations.

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  • 13. Is the Sporicidin® Antimicrobial Lotion Soap an alternative to chlorhexidine for scrubbing?

    Yes,Contec's Sporicidin Antimicrobial Soap is classified by the FDA as a Healthcare Personnel Surgical Hand Scrub and a First Aid Antiseptic skin wound cleanser.

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  • 14. Is Sporicidin® Antimicrobial Lotion Soap an effective antimicrobial soap for bacteria as well as fungus?

    Yes, it is labeled as effective against 99.9% of disease-causing organisms, including both gram-negative & gram-positive bacteria.

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  • 15. What are Sporicidin® Disinfectants?

    Contec's Sporicidin Brand Disinfectants are EPA-registered hospital disinfectants that meet all of the EPA requirements for disinfection of hard, non-porous surfaces and can be used for a variety of applications and organisms. Sporicidin Disinfectants also provide limited bacteriostatic residual protection of treated surfaces.

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  • 16. Can Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution be used to clean-up blood at crime and accident scenes?

    Yes, Sporicidin Disinfectant is recommended for use in the clean-up of blood and body fluids that pose bacterial, fungal and viral health hazards. Sporicidin is a full spectrum disinfectant that provides 100% kill of vegetative and odor-causing organisms. Sporicidin is in compliance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.

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