Frequently asked questions
Everything you need to know about Continu….
Continu is a range of water based cleaning and disinfection products developed for use in dental practices
Though Continu has been developed using the latest technology in infection control solutions it is also very well established within the dental industry having been successfully used in practices since 2009.
The 2 in 1 formulation has been tested effective against all enveloped viruses, to EN 14476:2013 + A1 2015, by BluTest Laboratories. BluTest confirm that a pass against EN 14476:2013 allows a claim against the Wuhan Virus so, as our 2 in 1 surface cleaner and disinfectant achieves this standard, it may be considered effective against Coronavirus.
Continu is made in the UK at an ISO9001:2015 accredited production facility and Nuview’s Quality Management System has been independently audited to meet the requirements of ISO13485.
Contact times vary depending on the micro-organisms present but Continu has been independently tested to kill enveloped viruses (like Hepatitis B or HIV) and Mycobacterium (such as TB) within 2 minutes, Yeast and Fungi within a minute and bacteria within 30 seconds. This only tells part of the story, however, as Continu remains on the surface to provide a residual decontamination effect that inhibits future growth so it carries on working after application (unlike alcohol which evaporates away) to prevent harmful micro-organisms returning. Efficacy therefore improves with continued use.
The guidance does not specify which disinfectants should be used but the Continu range has been developed to help Practices achieve compliance from its alcohol free ingredients to wall mounted soap dispensers together with delivering solutions for disinfecting water lines and cleaning instruments that fulfil the requirements of HTM 01-05
Practices are required to take particular care in the storage and preparation for use of decontamination chemical products and to adhere to COSHH regulations. As Continu products are water based and generally supplied ready to use they have very low hazard ratings which simplifies the COSHH risk assessment process. Continu products are also supplied with a COSHH disc providing instructions for use and data sheets.
Continu products are fully compliant with the relevant EU legislation for each product type. Those Continu products that are allowed to be under the Medical Devices Directive are appropriately CE marked, otherwise they are compliant with the EU Biocidal Product Regulations as required. HTM 01-05 makes no stipulation that disinfectants should carry a CE mark
As Continu is water based, it is very gentle meaning it may be used on fabrics, leather, plastics, wood, glass and Corian® work surfaces. Conversely, bleach, acid or solvent based solutions may damage surfaces and HTM01-05 notes that “the presence of protein will compromise the efficacy of alcohol-based wipes.”
What testing has been done on Continu?
Continu has been independently tested to meet or exceed the following EN Test Standards:
|Activity in the Medical Area||Activity in Food, Industrial, Domestic & Institutional Area||Other|
|EN14476:2013 + AT:2015 for Virucidal Activity||EN1276:2009 for Fungicidal activity||EN13623:2010 for Bactericidal activity against Legionella in Aqueous systems|
|EN14348:2015 for Tuberculocidal activity||EN1650:2008 + A1:2013 for Fungicidal & Yeasticidal activity|
|EN13727:2012 + A2:2015 for Bactericidal activity|
|EN13727:2012 + A1:2013 for Hygienic Hand Rub products|
|EN1362:2013 for Fungicidal activity|
What micro-organisms has Continu been tested effective against?
|Baterial Group||Fungal/Mould Groups||Viruses|
|Bacillus Licheniformis||Aspergillus niger||All enveloped viruses|
|Bacillus Subtillus||Aspergillus versicolor||Coronavirus|
|Campylobacter Jejuni||Aureobasidium pullulans||Hepatitis B|
|Clostridium perfringens||Candida Albicans||Hepatitis C|
|Corynebacterium pseudo-diptheriae||Cladosporium cladosporioides||HIV-1|
|Eschericia coli||Penicillium purpurogenum||Influenza Type A (surrogate for H1N1)|
|Eschericia coli 0157:H7||Phoma violaceae|
|Enterococcus hirae||Pleurococcus spp|
|Enterococcus faecalis||Rhodotoula rubra|
|Kiebsiella pneumoniae||Sporobolomyces rose us|
|Legionella pneumophilia||Stachybotrys chartarum|
|Listeria monocytogenes||Stichococcus bacillaris|
|Methicillim Resistant Staph, aureus (MRSa)||Stigeoclonium tenue|
|Pseudomonas aeruginosa||Trentepohlia a urea|
|Salmonella enteritidis||Trentepohlia odorata|
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Complete trust in Continu
"Our practice has been using Continu products for many years now and we think they’re great,” says Michelle Reid, Clinical Manager at Heath Dental. “We love Continu products because we know it’s all HTM 01-05 compliant, so we have complete trust in the range.
“In particular, the Continu surface cleaner is fast-acting and boasts long-lasting effects. The hand sanitising foam and hand soap are available in single-use pouches, which can be wall mounted in touch-free dispensers. These look smart in surgery and ensure optimal compliance. I’ve had issues in the past with other hand sanitisers causing my hands to become excessively dry and sore. Since using Continu, however, this is no longer a problem as it’s gentle on my skin. I would definitely recommend Continu to other clinicians. I can’t fault its efficacy, ease-of-use, and compliance.
“Moreover, Nuview’s customer service is always excellent. Nuview dispatch our orders quickly and we’ve never had to wait for items to be re-stocked. The team is always friendly, helpful and happy to provide advice. Nuview has also supported us as a practice in some of our charity work. We love the extra support that Nuview provides with regard to regular swab testing of surfaces, as well as team training. Last year, we had a lunch-and-learn session with Nuview’s infection control specialist and it proved very informative.”
CPD & Training
Nuview supports ongoing CPD training in cross infection control through the provision of free, on-site, “lunch and learns” for our customers and have made this content available here in two videos covering:
- Legislation & Regulations impacting on Dental Practices (this actually covers CPD requirements in more detail)
- Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sterilisation of surfaces, instruments and equipment
- Effective Hand Hygiene in Dental Practices
We hope you find them helpful and informative.