A Clean Environment Is a Safe and Healthy Environment
Regional Distributors, Inc. has the same high standards as health care facilities when it comes to a clean and safe environment. We accommodate your time and budget limits by delivering the convenience and value of “The Total Package” – a one-stop source for paper, packaging, janitorial, food service, and green products to streamline your facility-wide supply needs. Our comprehensive cleaning and paper recommendations are designed to service the specific needs of hospitals, assisted living, and long term care facilities. Many of our valued health care clients, such as University of Rochester Medical Center, look to and partner with Regional Distributors, Inc. to develop innovative solutions and efficient practices.
We understand that health care facilities require special attention to cleaning and disinfecting, laundry,
warewashing, food service, and green products and programs. We offer a diverse line of disinfectants, floor cleaners, hand soaps, sanitizers, can liners, green products, and much more to meet your janitorial and sanitary maintenance needs. We also offer a full line of facial and bath tissue, commercial warewashing equipment, food service products, disposable packaging, and advanced laundry products from P&G Professional to streamline your supply needs, reducing costs, labor, and resources consumed.
Our diverse range of products and services to support your health care facility supply needs includes:
In 2009, Strategic Market Alliance (SMA) distributor owner members, including Regional Distributors, Inc., committed to developing a formalized health care program focused on meeting health care’s most important needs – service and education. After much research and development, SMA launched their health care program HealthRite that assists Regional Distributors, Inc. and other SMA members in delivering the proper products, services, and solutions to the health care industry. SMA is a proud partner to numerous GPOs including Prime Services, Novation, Navigator, 1Government Procurement Alliance (1GPA), MedAssets, and Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), giving us the ability to utilize extremely competitive contract pricing for our customers. Through HealthRite, all SMA distributors assign health care specialists to remain current on health care issues and concerns, as well as serve as a conduit between distribution and SMA on all industry related matters. All SMA health care specialists are experienced in servicing the health care industry and maintain memberships in APIC and ASHES. HealthRite has been well received by the nation’s largest GPOs, including Premier, Inc. and CPS Care Purchasing, as well as the industry’s key manufacturers. As a result of this commitment to health care, SMA recently became an approved housekeeping distributor for both Novation and MedAssets.
Regional Distributors, Inc. realizes the factors and obstacles health care facilities have to balance between adhering to strict health and safety regulations and implementing sustainable practices. We understand that the key to success is to conserve resources while preserving the environment and maintaining patients’ well-being and satisfaction. To support health care facilities with sustainable practices, we offer a wide variety of green products including Green Seal, EcoLogo, and EPA Safer Choice certified products, recycled and recyclable products, and solutions-driven systems from leading brands, such as Filmop, to meet specific needs and industry regulations.
Visit our Sustainability page for a list our of green products and personalized green services, and visit our Green Cleaning page for useful information on green cleaning at work and home.
Topic: Quat Absorption Onto Textiles
Proper disinfection is a function of different variables, such as the concentration of disinfectant applied to surfaces, disinfectant interaction with wipes and mops, volume of product applied, cleaning procedures, and use of appropriate tools. The type of disinfectant used, particularly the active ingredient, is clearly also an important aspect of proper disinfection.
Disinfectants based on quaternary ammonium chloride surfactants (quats) have been the primary means of disinfecting environmental surfaces in medical facilities for several decades. Recently, concern has arisen around the discovery that the active ingredient (quat) has a tendency to become attracted to and absorbed into cotton and natural fiber fabrics. For example, when a wipe is removed from a diluted quat solution and excess solution is wrung out, the collected solution is less. This drop in concentration occurs because the quat is absorbed into the cotton fabric. Therefore, the solution applied to the surface to be disinfected contains less than the intended recommended quat amount. Furthermore, quaternary ammonium chlorides (quats) are cationic, or positively charged, surfactants, and they are attracted to fabric surfaces which are anionic, or negatively charged. This results in a portion of the quats becoming unavailable to disinfect hard surfaces.
Proposed solutions to ensure that a sufficient concentration of quat is applied to surfaces to adequately disinfect include:
- Use wipes made from specific textiles, such as microfiber products, that exhibit less quat absorption.
- Use a quaternary disinfectant registered for use at concentrations sufficient to compensate for quat absorption.
- Train staff on proper disinfection components – correct amount of quat disinfectant applied, proper dilution and application, interaction with textile, and length of time left to stand.
Learn more about Quat Absorption Onto Textiles.
Contact us to schedule an assessment about specific product recommendations for proper disinfection and quat absorption, and create a cleaner, safer environment.
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"I have been so impressed by the support and service provided by Regional Distributors. In a world where one-on-one customer service has virtually disappeared, the Regional Distributors team has proved otherwise and stand as an example for the rest of the industry to follow. Regional has made every attempt to help our business by providing alternative product solutions, thus reducing costs, and present themselves with superior communication skills and genuine interest. They are the definition of a true Team Player and should be congratulated for providing customer service and support well beyond the expectations of CP Rochester."
Jessica Fowler, Business Services Coord., CP Rochester, Rochester, NY
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"The services we've received from Regional Distributors have been exceptional. The timeframe in which orders are delivered is extremely fast and we've never received even one complaint about the quality of products or service. We've had a wonderful experience working with the company and look forward to continuing our business with Regional Distributors."
Cheryl Hinrich, Purchasing Coordinator, Arc of Monroe County, Rochester, NY