STERILIZATION

Do your sterilization procedures and infection control meet OSHA current standards?  

Are you disposing of used medical materials in a way that complies with current OSHA regulations?  

Do your monthly staff-training sessions (if you are doing them at all) meet OSHA standards and CDC guidelines? 

Whether you realize it, you are under constant scrutiny from patients (and even unhappy staff members), who often find reasons to report dentists to OSHA. Let us help you ensure that what’s going on behind the scenes in your practice is 100% compliant with today’s ever-changing regulations.   

During this Infection Control & OSHA Update we will walk through some of the most common mistakes dentists and their staff make every day, including serious sterilization breaches you may not even know you have.  Here is just a sample of what you will learn: 

  • Ways to modify your techniques to prevent sterilization breach 
  • Why the sterilization techniques you are currently using may risk of disease transmission  
  • What every dentist must know about OSHA’s influence on the safety of your practices 
  • How to quickly identify risks without annual training 
  • How to use Infection Control & OSHA training to build creditability for referrals 
  • And much more 

 

Is your Dental Handpieces Reprocessing Correct? 

Sterilization is the heart beat of any dental practice or facility.  Without clean and sterilized instruments cross-contamination and illness would spread throughout the community.  The Center of Disease Control sets guidelines for practices to be consistent with reprocessing between patient 

treatment.  Cleaning and heat-sterilization is the only protocol to keep bacteria from passing from one patient to another.  Manufacturers have improved their equipment for cleaning and heat processing to kill any bacterial pathogens within the internal components of any handpiece. Studies have proven that air-driven dental handpieces either low or high speed can become contaminated with patient material during use and can be transferred from one patient into anther mouth during treatment via the handpiece.  

All handpiece cleaning and heat sterilization should be completed per the manufacturers’ directions. If the handpiece is not heat sterilized and does not have FDA clearance with validated instructions for reprocessing, do not use that device. All handpieces should be monitored for all maintenance and reprocessing.  Keeping a journal makes this task doable. 

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