Sustainable Ways of Cleaning and disinfecting

Infection prevention and control play a major role in the safety of patients and Associates. In addition to hand hygiene, clean surfaces are essential to prevent indirect transmission of infectious agents. For cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, AniCura should choose products carefully as they must be effective but also have minimum impact on our environment.

133 clinics from 12 countries participated in the QualiCura Q2-Q3 Survey on cleaning & disinfection. The results showed that 43% of participating clinics use detergents to clean floors and 29% use detergents to clean other surfaces. However, cleaning products can cause long-term lung damage, comparable to smoking 20 packages of cigarettes per year*. For disinfection, 20% of the clinics use products containing quaternary ammonium chlorides (QUAT).
AniCura is committed to moving to detergent-free cleaning and the phasing out of QUAT and hypochlorite as they are hazardous to both Associates and the environment.

 

The Sustainable Way Forward is to:

  • Implement cleaning with water only and microfiber from AniCura’s preferred partner. This material has proven cleaning efficacy. It is produced in Europe and has class A level of microplastics emission, i.e. lowest possible level, and lasts for more than 500 washes. Also, less waste will be produced when using reusable cleaning materials.
    Disinfection should be done with environmentally friendly substances that are proven to be effective, see below.
  • Infection prevention and control play a major role in the safety of patients and Associates. In addition to hand hygiene, clean surfaces are essential to prevent indirect transmission of infectious agents. For cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, AniCura should choose products carefully as they must be effective but also have minimum impact on our environment.


Environmentally Friendly Disinfectants:

  • Alcohol (ethanol or propanol)
  • Oxidizing agents - high-level disinfectant
  • Chlorine dioxide (0.02%) - high-level disinfectant