AHP – Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide for the Salon and Spa

 

virox-nailcare-academy-logoAHP (Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide) Disinfection Products Now FDA Approved!

Disinfection of implements and surfaces is very important when performing direct-touch services on another person, no matter the industry. For that reason, infection control is a serious responsibility for the professionals in our industry, one that is poorly performed by many though with strict adherence by others. Those who adhere to proper levels of infection control want good and reliable products, while ease of use and safety are important, also.

We, at Nailcare Academy have been waiting for the Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) disinfectant to be approved in the US for years! AHP disinfection products (Rejuvenate™ and Prevention™ HLD8) are manufactured by Virox Technologies, Inc., and are now available for the beauty industry in both surface and immersion products. The Virox AHP products have the highest approval available – EPA and FDA approval, for use in the medical, dental and beauty industries.

Following are some benefits of AHP:

  1. Prevention HDL8TM from Virox does not need dilution for high-level disinfection of implements – it is full strength so the dangers of incorrect dilution are gone. Just pour and go! One of the problems in our industry in implementing infection control is correct dilution of our disinfection products in water.
  2. The necessary change of Prevention HDL8TM  immersion liquid is approved for 21 days – no more changing it every day. Our industry is well known for our “forgetting” to change the disinfectant. Test strips are also available to check the efficacy of the immersion product along the way.
  3. At last! A non-toxic-to-the-environment (and to us) disinfectant – when you put this product down the drain it breaks down into water and oxygen. No other disinfection product is that safe. Our prior products were dangerous to put down the drain, and PPEs were an absolute must in using them. Now you use PPEs to protect you from dirty implements, not from the disinfectant.
  4. Eight (8) minutes immersion for implement disinfection – this is less time than the prior products. Prior products were 10-20 minutes for disinfection.
  5. The level of “kill” reached by AHP is higher than our standard salon immersion products, which has been defined by the CDC as “intermediate level”–this system meets the criteria for “High Level” disinfection according to the CDC.

Are there any concerns about AHP? In the past, some formulations have caused inferior metal implements to turn black. However, Virox has carefully calibrated their mixtures and if you “buy right” as we discuss in our programs, and don’t allow them to soak overnight, good stainless steel implements are unaffected by the AHP immersion products.

A full range of products to meet our needs are available:

  • Surfaces and Non-Circulating Foot Bath Disinfection: Rejuvenate™ Ready to Use liquid and Wipes
  • Foot Bath Disinfection: Rejuvenate ™ Concentrate
  • Implement Disinfection: Prevention ™ HLD8 High Level Disinfectant

This product is fully explained and use is instructed in the Advanced Nail Technician Program. If you are a prior graduate, we suggest you go into the program and click through to learn about AHP. Current attendees will find a discussion of the product in Module 4 plus instruction sheets on both the surface and immersion products are available to download in Module 10. This is a new and different line of disinfection products so it’s best to seek out full information prior to use.

With the dramatic changes in health of the population in the US since 2000, many clients in our services are slow to heal or fast to become infected. If the person has even a tiny wound from a dirty implement, they may have severe consequences…and the possibilities of poor healing illnesses in the US increase yearly. For example, according to the CDC, in 2000 5.8% of Americans had diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. But in 2017, diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes was near to 17%. Diabetics whose feet become infected are slow healing or do not heal at all and may lose a toe, a foot, their leg or even their life. Times have changed, and nail technicians must increase their awareness of safety for their clients or potentials for dire consequences rise dramatically.

Where to Purchase AHP

Some of our favorite distributors are now carrying AHP products:

ProFiles/Backstage
www.profilesbackstage.com
2323 Delprado Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(888)545-1200
[email protected]

Cordoza Nail Supply
www.cordozanailsupply.com 
140 W Grant St ,
Lebanon , Oregon , 97355
541-409-8433

Spa Order
www.spaorder.com
1350 Ritchey St,
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(800)446-3751

Nail Technicians Working with Physicians

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LINKS & RESOURCES

Downloadable Materials:

Cover Letter to Physician Requesting Referrals

Form for ANT Referral to Physician

Physician Authorization Form for Pedicure

Start Up Checklist and Timeline

Click the links shown here for:

NASNPRO – National Aesthetic Spa Network

Networking and education for the salon and spa industry

Associated Nail Professionals

Membership benefits include webinars, free website and insurance designed for Nail Techs –  Nailcare Academy special discount of $20 off your annual membership fee:  use Vendor Code 1105166

Associated Skin Care Professionals

Membership benefits designed for Estheticians and dual-licensed Nail Techs (Originators of the ANP program, above.) Nailcare Academy special discount of $20 off your annual membership fee:  use Vendor Code 1105166

Footlogix

Restorative skin and foot care – follow the link for special pricing for our students on their initial order

ProFiles BackStage Pass

Amazing skills training…and “Bling Boxes”

Erica’s ATA

Electric files, evacuation systems and bits. Use Coupon Code: ERICA20ANT to get 20% off all bits and implements

LCN-Light Concept Nails, USA

Nail enhancement products, skin care lotions, creams and treatments and Barefoot gel nail line. Use Coupon Code: NCA10 to take 10% off your initial order

Nail Technicians Working with Physicians

This course takes you through the steps of approaching a medical practice and creating various working relationships. As a safety-trained nail technician, one of your best assets is the ability to observe and recognize conditions that need to be referred to a physician. This program will take you through the consideration you will make as you reach out in your community to establish contacts in the medical field.

Or perhaps you are ready for a shift in your career? You might want to work in a medical practice helping people with cosmetic foot care, whether as an employee or an independent contractor. This program takes you through the necessary steps to give you the best possible success as you introduce an innovative and new-to-physicians cosmetic service in their medical practices. All the steps from approaching the medical practice, to interviewing, negotiating your compensation and what to expect when you show up for work are discussed. Checklists and timelines for both you and the physician’s or podiatrist’s office will keep you on track to successfully launching and building a much-needed service model.

Foot Care as a Wellness Service

More salons and spas are incorporating “wellness” into their culture. ANTs can easily slip into this role.        

BE AWARE

Nail services have evolved over the years–the original “nail salons” were focused mostly on artificial nail enhancements, but today’s nail departments now encompass a wide variety of nail services. Not only are artificial nails a part of the service menu, but there are now slots for natural nails, pedicures, “spa” treatments such as hand facials and reconstructed toe nails. As an ANT, you can add soakless, safe “routine foot care” and become a resource for the elderly and those with special health needs.

As a part of wellness, you can be the first party in the team to observe and recommend additional treatments if needed: medical providers, orthotic specialists, physical therapists and so on. You have the luxury of spending more time with your clients than many other professionals, and you can get to know them and they become comfortable with discussing their little aches and pains–when they might not “bother the doctor.” As their confidant and advocate, you can steer them in a direction for relief and wellness.

TAKE ACTION

Take steps to develop this ethos in your work – create special brochures that discuss the wellness aspect of foot care. Did you know that the toes and toe nails are highly indicative of many health conditions in the body? You are in a position to demonstrate your caring by being educated and taking the time to explain why nail trimming must be done correctly on a timely basis, for example.

You can reach out to your target group of potential clients – specifically focus your marketing activities on wellness and foot health. Volunteer to speak at community events, have a table at a health fair or offer lectures in senior facilities.

Don’t forget to ask your current clientele if they know anyone who has a chronic illness…ANTs are specifically trained to help those who need them the most.

FOLLOW UP

When is the last time you looked at your client list, and thought…hmmm…I haven’t seen this person in a while? Why not take a few minutes and run through your contacts to see who’s missing? They might love to hear from you! Surprise them with a pretty post card with a hand written note.

A wellness attitude is rewarded by great response and loyalty, but you must extend some effort and commit to taking actions which enhance this aspect of your business.

 

 

NA MNT Module 8 – Introduction to Wound Healing

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NA MNT Module 9 – Advanced Marketing in a Medical Office

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NA MNT Module 10 – MNT Links & Resources

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To start the exam, click on the Exam link on the course summary page, then click on “Start Quiz” and wait for the exam to load. Do not start the exam if you will get interrupted–if you close your browser, your answers will be lost and you will have to start the exam all over again with new questions. This includes answering your phone!

You may restart the exam one (1) time to try for a higher grade. Simply go to My Courses, then into the program and click on the exam unit. You will have the choice to review the questions to learn from your mistakes….and to start over one (1) time.   If you did not pass after two tries, click on the Contact tab on the top menu to email us at [email protected]

***Important Note – Please Read***

We have found that some computers/devices manage cookies in a way that prevents automatic redirects to function properly. After completing the exam, you should be automatically directed to the Survey. In the event that doesn’t happen, click here to go to the Survey.

In the event you are not redirected to PayPal upon submission of the Survey form, here is the link for the MNT Certificate Packet: Medical Nail Tech (MNT) Certification Packet

Good luck!!

ESSENTIAL DOWNLOADS

Click here to download the NA Medical Nail Tech Handbook

Click here to download the Study Questions Word Document

Click here to download the NA MNT Pedicure Protocols

Click here to download a Profile Sheet if you wish to be listed on our referral website

BONUS MATERIAL: To view a case study of melanoma of the plantar surface of the foot, click the “play” icon at the lower left corner of the video screen below.

Forms

New Client Questionnaire – pdf

New Client Questionnaire – doc

Consent and Waiver for Photographs

Form for Referral to Physician

Physician Authorization Form for Pedicure

Spreadsheets

Spreadsheet for Tracking Patient Activity

Spreadsheet for Tracking Weekly Services

MARKETING MATERIALS

Click here to download the ANT Marketing Material booklet

Brochures

Because we Care – MNT Logo – Prestige Autoclave

Doctor to Patient referral – NA MNT

Webpage Ideas

Web Page Ideas – NA MNT

Letters

Letter to Physician Seeking Referrals

Letter from Physician to “My Conscientious Patient”

Letter from Physician to Local Media

Letter from NA MNT to Local TV Station

Press Releases

Physician’s Ofc Promoting NA MNTs

Salon announcing NA MNTs

Salon announcing NA MNTs – 2

Postcard

NA MNT Postcard 2 per page – Word

LINKS & RESOURCES

Click the links shown here for:

Associated Nail Professionals

Membership benefits include webinars, free website and insurance designed for Nail Techs –  Nailcare Academy special discount of $20 off your annual membership fee:  use Vendor Code 1105166

Associated Skin Care Professionals

Membership benefits designed for Estheticians and dual-licensed Nail Techs (Originators of the ANP program, above.) Nailcare Academy special discount of $20 off your annual membership fee:  use Vendor Code 1105166

Best Foot Forward Distribution – Brenda Ribble

Source for top-quality supplies: stainless steel implements, pedicure products, autoclaves (Prestige and Saniclave), disinfection  control and much more.

CJ’s Centre for Beauty

All about feet and more. Footcare products and equipment, education and product support

Erica’s ATA

Electric files, evacuation systems and bits. Use Coupon Code: ERICA20ANT to get 20% off all bits and implements

Footlogix

Restorative skin and foot care – follow the link for special pricing for our students on their initial order

NASNPRO – National Aesthetic Spa Network

Networking and education for the salon and spa industry

ProFiles BackStage Pass

Amazing skills training…and “Bling Boxes”

NA MNT Module 2 – Nail Technicians Working with Physicians

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Click here to download the Study Questions Word Document

NA MNT Module 3 – Structures and Functions of the Foot

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Click here to download the Study Questions Word Document

NA MNT Module 4 – Treatment of Conditions of the Skin and Nails

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Click here to download the Study Questions Word Document