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I recently temped in an office which recently completed their OSHA/WISHA training. The lead assistant was in firing me that their representative advised them that the Cavi wipes are no longer an acceptable form of sterilization and cross contamination prevention in the dental operatory and that they’ve been advised to order the Lysol 1-2-3 http://www.123officesolution.com/Products/Professional-Lysol-Disinfectant-Spray__RAC04675CT.aspx
As an alternative because it’s safer on surfaces and can be used safely on the chairs. Are you familiar with this or is anyone? Every office including my own in which I’ve worked still uses the Cavi wipes and our office just complete our training as well in January with no mention of this. I’m curious in your take or opinion. In taking with the lead assistant both our concerns were with regards to wiping. This Lysol is supposed to be safer for tubing and other materials.



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I have not heard that Lysol III is a better surface disinfectant than Caviwipes. Nor have I heard that they are no longer an acceptable form of disinfecting. If this were true, they would be pulled from the market. Chair manufacturers tend to recommend to clean chairs with soap and water and use barriers because any disinfectant will be hard on them.
 
A big difference in Caviwipes and Lysol III is alcohol content. Caviwipes are considered low alcohol content (17.2% isopropyl alcohol) while Lysol III is considered high alcohol content (58% ethyl alcohol). I would argue that a higher alcohol content (Lysol III) will be rougher on surfaces, tubing, etc. than a lower one. Also, alcohols are poor cleaning agents in the presence of bioburden. Alcohol affixes blood to surfaces, so the CDC’s recommendations of wiping visible bioburden, then wiping again to disinfect, falls apart because the initial wipe doesn’t always remove blood.
 
From what I have read and researched, it seems like there’s some misinformation there.

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My office just had our annual OSHA/Infection control training and we were told that Caviwipes are still okay to use. We use Cavicide spray and Caviwipes in our office. One thing our trainer told us was, Cavicide spray can be used but has to be allowed 5 mins to disinfect and dry before the room can be wiped down or anythings sprayed with it can be used. The Caviwipes you have to wipe the surface (or what ever you are using it to disinfect) three times and allow only 2 mins before it is disinfected.

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@kara that’s what I’ve read and understood as well. Since I was not at this particular office’s training session I’m not sure what exactly was relayed and if possible either misunderstand on part of the office personnel or misinformation on part of the trainer. I just wanted to see if this was something other offices were experiencing as well.

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Also, I found a new website that only sells authorized products and… guess what… they have Caviwipes for dirt cheap

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