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VIROGERM

GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF VIROGERM
2%
GLUTERALDEHYDE SOLUTION
VIROGERM is NOT a cleansing agent –it is an effective disinfecting and sterilising agent. Therefore items must be thoroughly cleaned in a suitable detergent solution to remove all body fluids and blood before they are rinsed with clean water.

Protein left on instruments will react with Gluteraldehyde leaving a yellow polymer which is not toxic. Because it is not a cleansing agent it may not penetrate fatty residues which could harbour pathogenic organisms. It is thus absolutely vital that items are thoroughly cleaned before being disinfected.

The cleaned items should be totally immersed in activated VIROGERM solution, in covered containers for the recommended period of time. Then, using aseptic techniques, the items must be thoroughly rinsed in cold sterile water. In the case of lensed equipment and endoscopes sterile deionised water must be used to prevent dissolved solids from clouding the lenses or mirrors. Residues occur with poor rinsing.

The solution may be used and re-used for 14 days and the efficacy will gradually decrease with every additional immersion. If in doubt the solution should be discarded.

It is therefore important to follow the correct procedures and precautions before and after sterilisation to ensure contaminant removal.

VIROGERM was successfully tested in accordance with the SABS Proposed Standard Specification for Disinfectants based on Gluteraldehyde.

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