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What types of wipes are used in hospitals? 

Cleaning is an essential part of everyday life in hospitals and clinical environments – with the volumes of people passing through the buildings, different illnesses and people with different vulnerabilities, keeping surfaces germ-free is crucial.

There’s a number of different types of disinfectants used in hospitals, and they need the best professional grade cleaning materials – including disposable wipes. Hospitals and medical environments need high quality disinfectant wipes because of the dangers associated with failing to clean properly – they can’t afford to risk the spread of infection, which is why the disinfectant wipes used in hospitals need to be top quality.

That’s one of the reasons hospitals only use professional, quality tested wipes for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. In this article, we’ll look at the benefits of using antibacterial wipes in hospitals and clinical environments, why they’re the best way to eliminate cross-contamination, and how they help to save money.


The benefits of antibacterial wipes in hospitals & clinical environments

Antibacterial wipes are one of the most efficient ways to clean and decontaminate surfaces, which is why they’re the most common type of disinfectants used in hospitals.

When wipes are used correctly and disposed of between wiping different surfaces, there’s no chance infections can be carried over to another surface – known as cross-contamination – which is always a danger when using sprays and cloths. One of the benefits of wipes as opposed to antibacterial spray is the elimination of cross contamination.

Professional grade wipes such as our Midi-Wipe Clinical wipes are engineered to dispense the correct amount of cleaning fluid onto the surface to ensure sufficient coverage in order to be effective. The low contact times of these wipes means microbes are quickly killed, dramatically reducing the chance of passing on infection to the next person to touch the surface. What’s more, our Clinical wipes are tested to EN14476 to kill enveloped viruses and SARS-CoV-2 is an enveloped virus.

All our professionally tested medical grade wipes are packed in flexible packaging using the Z-fold method of stacking. This means wastage is reduced by up to 70% compared to traditional rigid plastic tubs. Firstly, the Z-fold packing of the wipes means the packs dispense 1 wipe at a time – the wipes used in tubs are packed on a perforated continuous roll, and users will often take more than required for the job.

Our tests on this found that users tend to use up to 4 times as many wipes when using tubs rather than single-dispensing packs. Another source of waste is the empty pack once the wipes have been used up. Rigid plastic containers use up to 70% more plastic than flexible packs, and they’re harder to recycle – so our packs reduce waste dramatically which is a large contributing factor to what types of wipes are used in hospitals, with many institutions working towards high sustainability targets and tight budgets.

Professional, medical grade disinfectant wipes used in hospitals use technically advanced biocides to kill bacteria and viruses without the need for alcohol as was traditionally used. These disinfectant chemicals can be effective in as little as 30 seconds and are great for use in high traffic areas and on medical devices for decontamination of surfaces. All our wipes contain no alcohol – alcohol wipes are often harmful to surfaces and skin and can dry out hands if used for extended periods.

For more information about how our products have been providing the medical industry with quality and reliable cleaning for nearly 2 decades, see our Healthcare Hygiene Excellence information where you can find out more about our range of products for the industry, request samples and more.