Infection control refers to dental office protocol implemented to reduce the possibility of germs spreading. Proper infection control is important to everyone’s safety, including the staff, doctor and patients. Infection control is something that must be exercised at all times and we take numerous measures to ensure proper infection control. Here are some of our infection protocol guideline:
Protective Personal Equipment
Protective personal equipment protect patients and staff from cross contamination. We use protective personal equipment (PPE) like disposable gloves, face masks, and eye gear to reduce the spread of germs.
Designated Sharps Container
Used needles and other sharp objects are properly disposed in designated sharps containers. We practice aseptic injection techniques to eliminate the possibility of accidental needle pricks.
We place disposable protective barriers on all surfaces which may come into contact with patients. Barriers are switched between each patient to prevent cross contamination.
We clean our rooms thoroughly in between patients. We purge and flush water lines at the beginning of each day as well as in between patients. This helps flush out the water system to prevent cross contamination.
One of the most important steps in maintaining infection control is disinfecting and sterilizing critical and semi-critical equipment. We autoclave all reusable instruments after each use. Plus, we test our autoclave device weekly by performing a biological spore test. We use the ConFirm biological monitoring system to verify our spore test results. Equipment which are not eligible for sterilization are cleaned using cold sterilization or surface disinfectants. We use Glutaraldehyde hospital grade disinfection solution to clean these instruments.
Disposable equipment, such as suctions, barriers, and guazes, are discarded after each use. We use a brand new suction, spray, tray cover, barrier, etc. for each patient. Any disposable item that is touched will be discarded afterward, regardless of whether it was used or not.
As you can see, we take your health and safety very seriously. After all, by protecting you from cross contamination we’re also protecting ourselves! If you have questions about our infection control protocol please contact us via e-mail. We’ll be glad to provide you with a copy of our office infection control protocol upon request.