Cleaning your Medical Hyperbaric Chamber – COVID-19
Effective Disinfectants to Clean your Medical Hyperbaric Chamber During COVID-19
COVID-19, a novel virus started in 2019, it still surfaces in every part of the world. People and facilities around the world are taking every measure possible to prevent its spread. The same goes for medical hyperbaric chamber facility providers.
They are also in search of means and effective cleaning products to prevent its spread. After all, they would not like to because of the spread. The facility would want a product that not only cleans the chamber but at the same time, it has approval from the chamber manufacturer.
In this blog post, we are going to provide you with a list of products. These products are excellent disinfectors as well as manufacturer-approved.
The EPA “List N” of Disinfectants for Medical Hyperbaric Chambers
According to the United States of Environmental Protection Agency’s Website-there are a couple of disinfectants that are effective against the novel Corona Virus. They call this list, The List N. The list contains products that meet the EPA’s criteria and you can it for both COVID-19 as well as SARS-CoV-2.
Later on, March 13, 2020, United States EPA came up with another list. This one was an expanded list and it contained all the disinfectant products that are effective against the novel COVID-19 virus.
The expanded list contains almost 200 new products. 40 of these products even went through the expedited review process of the agency. Agency has been playing an important role by making key enhancements to the list present on the internet. The objective here is to make it more effective and useful.
Some of the products present in the list are not tested against the SARS-CoV-2 – it is what causes the novel COVID-19. However, these products have been highly effective against a number of killer viruses. These viruses have been similar to that of the SARS-CoV-2.
In addition, the list also contains the amount of time you need to leave the product on the surface for it to be effective. In addition, it would provide you with information on how long the surface should remain wet.
Also, the disinfectant manufacturers use the EPA document as a guideline to create products that are not part of the EPA List. Doing this helps them ensure that even though their products didn’t make the list, yet they do yield effective and efficient results. Manufacturers are able to produce effective products and the general audience will be able to figure out whether these products are effective or not.
How to Use EPA “List N”
When you look at the List N, it can be overwhelming. With so many products out there, you might find it difficult to figure out whether a certain product is present on the list or not. Below are some effective tips that will help you use the EPA List N to its full potential.
The first thing that you need to focus on is the EPA registration number. Make sure that the product you plan to purchase has its registration number listed with the “List N”. If the number is present, it means that the respective product would be effective against the Novel COVID-19. To find the number, look for the “EPA Reg. No” You will find this tag alongside other codes such as bar code.
Manufacturers sometimes market and sell their products under a different brand name. However, as long as these products have the EPA registration number they would do.
List N consist of those products that have emerging viral pathogen claims. In addition, these products even have human coronavirus claims. In case, you can’t find a product that has the emerging viral pathogen claim, you can always look for the one having coronavirus claim. As long as the product is present in the column of Emerging Viral Pathogen, it has the human coronavirus claim.
Cleaning Medical Hyperbaric Chamber Using Different Disinfectants Effective Against COVID-19
To up come up our own list of disinfectants for the medical hyperbaric chamber, we made a comparison between the chamber manufacturer-approved products and the one present on the List N. Below, we have come up with products that are effective for cleaning the hyperbaric chambers and they approved by manufacturers as well.
- Sani Cloth® HB-PDI – NY, Nicepak Orangeburg ( You can use only the ones available in stock, as the manufacturer discontinued it)
- Coverage® Spray HB Plus – OH, Steris Corporation Mentor
- Clorox Healthcare-Bleach Germicidal Cleaner – Oakland, Clorox Professional-Products
- Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner – Ecolab Professional Products
- Oxycide Daily Disinfectant – Ecolab Professional Products
- Virasept — Ecolab Professional Products
Additional Recommendations that the Medical Hyperbaric Chamber Facilities Should Follow
The CDC has provided complete information regarding the prevention and control recommendations for patients in the health care system.
Below, we did come up with an extract from the CDC website guideline. It will prevent and control the infection within your facility.
Use dedicated medical equipment for the caring of patients that are either suspected or known to have COVID-19.
- Make sure that you disinfect the non-disposable and the non-dedicated medical equipment. Follow the guidelines provided by the manufacturer to ensure proper and complete disinfection of the equipment.
Make sure that you follow the environmental disinfection and cleaning process on a regular basis. Also, guarantee that the disinfection process is accurate for effectiveness.
Routing disinfection and Cleaning Procedure must be followed. For instance, you might have to clean the surface with water before you apply the EPA- registered disinfectant to places that frequently come in contact. Make sure you read the product label to follow the correct protocol. These procedure needs to be appropriate for the disinfection of the novel virus in healthcare settings. For instance, the areas in which you take care of the patient including the aerosol-generating procedure.
- To find the disinfectants that are approved by the EPA, you would have to refer to the List N external icon. These products are effective against the SARS-CoV-2.
Make sure that your disinfecting routine incorporates the management of food service utensils, laundry, and medical waste.
Also, make sure that the environmental services personnel are wearing the PPE and they follow the additional recommended practices that are highly effective for the room’s terminal cleaning.
Medical Hyperbaric Chamber therapies yield effective results. However, lack of care and proper disinfecting routine can result in the spread of the disease. Therefore, for all hyperbaric chamber facilities, it is important to follow the desired protocols as well as to use the correct and EPA approved disinfectants.
Doing this would ensure that you are playing your part in controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19. We, at Macy Pan, use the best and EPA approved disinfectants to ensure the safety of not only our patients but also our employees.
We have an extensive cleaning routine in place and everyone in our facility follows into perfection.