Synergistic detergent and disinfectant combinations for decontaminating biofilm- coated surfaces
March 26, 2003
Stable antiseptic compositions having broad spectrum, fast acting, and profound persistent effect without significant irritation of the tissue to which they are applied are disclosed. The broad spectrum, fast acting component of the present invention comprises one or more antimicrobial alcohols, antimicrobial lipids, or mixtures thereof. The persistent component of the present invention comprises one or more antimicrobial lipids, pyridine-containing compounds, nitrogen-containing antibitics, preservatives, or mixtures thereof, which preferably bind to either or both of the skin surface and intracellular structures within the epidermis. Additional components include antioxidants, emulsifying agents, acidifiers, thickeners, and coloring and texturing compounds. Preferred antiseptic formulations comprise an antimicrobial alcohol such as 70% n-propanol, an antimicrobial lipid such as free fatty acids and/or fatty acid esters, and zinc omadine.