OPTIM is effective against novel coronavirus, COLTENE SciCan says
According to a press release issued by COLTENE SciCan, OPTIM has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to novel coronavirus on hard non-porous surfaces and non-invasive medical devices. This product can therefore be used against 2019-nCoV when used in accordance with the directions for use against poliovirus on hard, non-porous surfaces, and non-invasive medical devices, the company says.
This enveloped virus, also known as 2019-nCoV, is part of a family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses from the common cold to SARS and MERS, the company says. What makes this coronavirus unique is that it is a strain never before seen in humans. While it is new, it belongs to a class of viruses that are easier to kill than much tougher viruses like poliovirus or norovirus.
OPTIM meets the requirements of the EPA’s emerging viral pathogens claim, Health Canada’s Broad Spectrum Virucide claim for the emerging pathogens and the European CEN’s overview standard EN 14885 and virucidal standard EN 14476, the company says.
OPTIM Blue and OPTIM 33TB have a one-minute virucidal contact time. OPTIM 1 has a 30-second virucidal contact time.* That means that the surface must remain wet for only 1 minute in order to inactivate viruses including novel coronavirus, the company says.
For the public, this outbreak has heightened awareness around the dangers and spread of viruses, but for health care workers it reinforces the importance of properly completing and monitoring standard infection control protocols.
Oral healthcare workers are to follow standard infection control protocols.
Between patient visits, clean and disinfect all clinical contact surfaces such as the dental chair, the company says. Also, make sure to regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that present the highest risk of infection in your SteriCentre (e.g. surfaces that come into contact with contaminated instruments and gloves).
Before you clean or disinfect contaminated surfaces, ensure you are wearing the proper PPE as per local infection control guidelines. As stated on OPTIM disinfectants’ Safety Data Sheets, PPE is not required to handle the product because it is not irritating to the skin, the company says. However, PPE such as utility gloves must be worn to protect oral health care workers from infectious materials, the company says.
OPTIM instruction for use:
Before using OPTIM in your office for the very first time, the company says, remove any residue left on surfaces from your previous disinfectant by washing all surfaces with soap and warm water. Thoroughly dry them.
- To use OPTIM wipes, pull out a pre-moistened wipe at a 45-degree angle and close the lid.
- When using the Ready-to-Use OPTIM liquid, spray the solution onto a SciCan Dry Towelette.
- Wipe the surface down evenly and thoroughly to clean and disinfect. Evenly apply to surfaces to avoid any unnecessary pooling.
- Be sure to leave the surface wet for the contact time indicated on the label.
- When using any disinfectant on surfaces it is best practice to periodically rinse and dry the surfaces with soap and water. Our recommendation is to do this at least once a week.
Contact the company at (800) 667-7733 with any questions.
*OPTIM 33TB is available in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. OPTIM 1 is available in the U.S. and Europe. OPTIM Blue is available in Europe.