Issaquah, WA (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
According to QuickMedical, when the OSHA Blood borne Pathogens Standard was first enacted in 1991, several studies were conducted to substantiate the cost of infection control or prevention procedures for dentistry. The average cost was estimated to be about $15 per patient visit. This number included the cost of disposable items and barriers, personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks, replacement and repair of hand pieces due to required sterilization, the cost of sterilization equipment, and the use of disinfectants.
Certain surfaces, especially ones touched frequently e.g., light handles, unit switches, and drawer knobs can serve as reservoirs of microbial contamination, although they have not been associated directly with transmission of infection to either dentist or patients.
Although hand hygiene is key to minimizing this transferal, barrier protection or cleaning and disinfecting of environmental surfaces also protects against health-care associated infections. (Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings---2003)
Jay Mussel, National Sales Manager for Surgical Scientific said, “Be aware of manufacturer's recommendations for or against using surface disinfectants on some equipment, and follow the manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning. A dental facility should establish a schedule for cleaning and maintenance on all equipment.” Mr. Mussel went on to say, “Dental equipment, such as patient chairs, will last longer if the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and disinfection are followed; high-alcohol and other kinds of disinfectants may cause the upholstery to dry and crack. Be sure to follow the product instructions for use because good maintenance prevents costly repair bills.”
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