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Universal Cleaning Wipes #74389 25/07/19 5:03 PM
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Hi Guys
My first post so apologies if I'm covering old ground but I was wondering if any of you were experiencing issues when devices are cleaned with universal cleaning wipes ? I've got a few people who are complaining of cracked plastic casings on their ventilators, there no sign of any impact damage and the same people have told me that other devices such as syringe drivers are showing the same sort of problem. The common denominator is that they are using these wipes to clean their devices, I'm not certain that this is the cause of the problem hence my post. Any information you can provide would be gratefully received.


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Re: Universal Cleaning Wipes [Re: Indie] #74390 25/07/19 6:03 PM
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Welcome to the forum. smile

Yes; you can be sure that is the cause of the problem!

But meanwhile, I can't help wondering if it would also be "sweet and fitting" for the staff, having noticed the pitfalls mentioned, to revert to some earlier method of wiping over their kit.

Others have found that warm soapy water, applied with a soft cloth, does the job cheaply and efficiently; the only "downside" being the small effort required in obtaining the soap and warm water. smile

See also this earlier thread ... and this one.

Re: Universal Cleaning Wipes [Re: Indie] #74426 01/08/19 9:17 AM
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Yes. I have a problem with infusion pumps and cases cracking. They have all cracked in exactly the same place and initially I suspected a stress fracture but the company have concluded from their investigation that it is the wipes that staff use to clean them. These wipes contain benzalkonium chloride which can attack plastic. It does specifically mention in the cleaning instructions not to use cationic surfactants (such as benzalkonium chloride). If this is the case, as these wipes contain <1% benzalkonium chloride, why does it always crack in exactly the same area? I have instructed staff to use alternative products but unfortunately these wipes are everywhere and they will always choose the easiest method of cleaning that is to hand. It is interesting to note however, that the manufacturer has now changed the makeup of the plastic they use for the case.

Re: Universal Cleaning Wipes [Re: Eddie1670] #74431 01/08/19 1:40 PM
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"Two wrongs don't make a right" (as "they" say) ... maybe the area concerned was (is) already under mechanical stress in the first place, so weakening it further with aggressive chemicals won't have helped.

Maybe we will be seeing a return to the good old days of metal pump casings. smile

Re: Universal Cleaning Wipes [Re: Indie] #74463 12/08/19 11:35 AM
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Hi Folks,
We seem to be finding a lot of anecdotal evidence regarding possible/alleged plastic damage, if Geoff's linked post is anything to go by for almost ten years!

Locally we are finding an increasing number of items that are suffering surface degradation and even corrosion through surface coatings that users are linking to the use of pre-packaged wipes.

So, a general question, what wipes do organisations use and are you seeing damage?


Is it a machine malfunction or user dysfunction?

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