What is the difference between low, intermediate, and high level disinfectants?

Low level disinfectants, such as Cetylcide II (PE-6808), are designed to be used as a cleaner and deodorizer for hard surfaces around the office.

Intermediate level disinfectants, such as CaviCide® (PE-6812 and PE-6820) and CaviWipes® (PE-6813 and PE-6814) incorporate a cleaner, decontaminant, and disinfectant in one. They are recommended for use on nonporous surfaces and fixtures and are safe for operating rooms, surgical centers, and medical laboratories.

High level disinfectants, such as Cidex OPA® (PE-6824), and Metricide® (PE-6811), offer a quick and effective means of disinfection for surgical instruments at room temperature. Amcon's high level disinfectants have an effective life with a range of 14 to 75 days once the bottle is opened.

For more information on specific pathogens each disinfectant is effective against, see pages 28 and 29 in the 2017 Amcon Laboratories Product Catalog, or contact your Amcon sales representative at 1-800-255-6161.