Can I use Pathex as a “cold sterile” disinfectant soak for plastic items that cannot tolerate heat sterilization?

Items that are used inside the mouth or other mucosal surfaces are considered “semi-critical”. Examples include bite blocks, plastic film positioning devices, and laryngeal airway devices. If items are reused for another patient, they must be heat sterilized or immersed in high level liquid disinfectant (gluteraldehyde, peracetic acid, etc.). Pathex is classified as an intermediate level disinfectant and is not intended for this type of application. It is appropriate for use as a holding solution to keep soils wet on contaminated instruments; or may be used as ultrasonic solution to clean instruments. Use a lid on the soak pan or ultrasonic tank to reduce aerosols and vapors.