Triclosan CAS 3380-34-5 Pharmaceutical Intermediate Used in Surgical Scrubs and Hand Washes
Molecular Formula: C12H7Cl3O2
Molecular Weight: 289.542
Appearance: white to off-white powder
Standard: enterprise standard
Density: 1.49 g/cm3
Boiling Point: 344.6 ℃ at 760 mmHg
Melting Point: 56-60℃
Flash Point: 162.2 ℃
Stability: Stable. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents
Triclosan was used as a hospital scrub in the 1970s. Since then, it has expanded commercially and is now prevalent in soaps, shampoos, deodorants, toothpastes, mouth washes, cleaning supplies and pesticides. It is part of consumer products, including kitchen utensils, toys, bedding, socks and trash bags.
In healthcare, triclosan is used in surgical scrubs and hand washes. Use in surgical units is effective with a minimum contact time of approximately two minutes. More recently, showering with 2% triclosan has become a recommended regimen in surgical units for the decolonization of patients whose skin carries methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Triclosan is also used in the coatings for some surgical sutures.
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