Glutaraldehyde, CH2(CH2CHO)2, is an organic, pungent, colorless oily liquid used to disinfect medical and dental equipment. It is also used for industrial water treatment and as a chemical preservative.
In the health care industry, glutaraldehyde is most often used to disinfect equipment that cannot be heat sterilized such as dialysis instruments, surgical instruments, suction bottles, bronchoscopes, endoscopes, and ear, nose, and throat instruments.
The chemical is most often used in a diluted form with solutions ranging from 0.1% to 50% glutaraldehyde in water.
BASF glutaraldeyde products include Myacide® GA15, Myacide®GA25, Myacide® GA45, Myacide® GA50, Myacide® GDA and Protectol® GA50.