Coughing when using Rescue™ Disinfectants

Aerosolization of any liquid, including water, can lead to discomfort for those with higher sensitivities. To reduce this we suggest; spraying closer to surfaces, using a foaming trigger sprayer, or using Ready to Use Wipes.

Method of application is important when disinfecting, as unnecessary aerosolization (often caused by using a trigger sprayer) can sometimes create the negative side effects of respiratory irritation, or airborne transmission of pathogens. Although discomfort may be present, it is important to remember the excellent safety profile of Rescue™; non-toxic, non-irritating to eyes, non-corrosive to skin, and non-skin sensitizing. Therefore, you would be posing no risk to the user or animal safety. 

To combat these effects, we have a few suggestions:

  • Consider the dilution of the application- for everyday cleaning and disinfection, we recommend the 1:64 dilution (2 oz/gallon of water). For outbreak situations where infectious pathogens may be present, we recommend the stronger 1:16 dilution (8 oz/gallon of water).
  • Especially in enclosed spaces like cages, avoid putting your head in the enclosed area while spraying Rescue™, and ensure you wait until the contact time has elapsed before rinsing with water or resuming regular use of the space.
  • Utilize the technique of spraying directly into a microfiber cloth, and then use the cloth to spread the solution over the surface, making sure to saturate the surface fully, and allowing the surface to stay wet for the duration of the contact time.
  • Consider switching to a foaming trigger sprayer for application; this will not create any unwanted aerosolization, as it simply drops the product onto the surface so that you can spread it around evenly with a cloth.
  • For areas such as exam tables or cages, you can consider using the Rescue™ Wipes. The Rescue™ Wipes requires nothing but gloves and your hands, and also provides a quick 1-minute contact time, while helping to reduce the risk of transmission through aerosolized particles.

You may also find these resources useful:

Video: Avoiding Aerosolization

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