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Testing Dental Ultrasonic Cleaning – Infection Control

First check the manufacturer’s instruction manual for ultrasonic cleaner maintenance information and recommended testing frequency. If manufacturer’s information is not available, the aluminum foil test, recommended on a monthly basis, is a fast and simple method to check the cleaning…

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Carpets not Recommended in Dental Operatories – OSHA Dental Regulations

While not explicitly prohibited by OSHA, carpet in dental operatories is highly discouraged, since both chemical spills and bloodborne pathogen contamination can occur during dental procedures. The bottom line is that carpeting is more difficult to keep clean and cannot…

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Hand Hygiene: A Critical Part of Dental Infection Control and Prevention – Dental Infection Control

With the flu season well upon us, and quite severe this year, we want to remind you about proper hand hygiene. Proper hand hygiene is considered to be the single most important measure for preventing pathogen transmission in healthcare settings.…

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EPA’s Labeling Requirements for Surface Disinfectants – Dental Disinfectants

In the United States, under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sole responsibility to establish the rules for efficacy claims and safety of surface disinfectants. Under FIFRA, any substance…

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Cleaning and Dental Surface Disinfectants

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings - 2003, “cleaning should precede all disinfection and sterilization processes; it should involve removal of debris as well as organic and inorganic…

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CDC Guidelines: Sterilizing Heat-Sensitive Dental Instruments – Dental Infection Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorizes patient-care dental items (instruments, devices, equipment) into three categories: Critical items cut bone and/or penetrate soft tissue and carry the highest risk of disease transmission. Semi-critical items touch mucous membranes or…

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Hepatitis B Vaccination for Potentially Exposed Employees – OSHA Dental Compliance

OSHA requires the hepatitis B vaccination to be made available to all employees with the potential for occupational exposure to blood/OPIM (other potentially infectious material), within ten working days of initial employment or new assignment. Employee must be provided with…

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Oklahoma Investigation Reveals Hep C Transmission – Dental Infection Control

Oklahoma investigators announce first documented patient-to-patient hepatitis C transmission in a dental office On September 18, Oklahoma public health investigators released a status update confirming the first known patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C. The transmission occurred in an Oklahoma dental…

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Did You Know… California Dental Infection Control

All clinical contact surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected using a Cal/EPAregistered, hospital disinfectant that is labeled as effective against HIV and HBV, or TB. Furthermore, all clinical contact surfaces that are not protected by impervious barriers must be cleaned and disinfected using a Cal-EPA…

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Biological Monitoring of Dental Office Sterilizers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, and most states require, dental offices to monitor their sterilizers weekly using a spore test. Regular sterilizer monitoring using biologic indicators, i.e. spore tests, is considered the standard practice in dentistry,…

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