Topic Category: clinical contact surfaces

C. Methods for Dealing with Surface Contamination

There are two methods that may be used to deal with surface contamination: Surface Barrier Method Cleaning (Precleaning) and Disinfection   Surface Barrier Method The Surface Barrier Method entails using fluid resistant materials that prevent a surface from becoming contaminated. Regulations state that a surface […]

B. Splash, Splatter, Droplets & Aerosols

Splash, splatter, droplets: Oral fluids generated using the high and slow speed handpieces, ultrasonic cleaners, and air/water syringe Aerosol: Fine, dust like particles generated while using high and slow speed handpieces, ultrasonic cleaners, and air/water syringe At the minimum, surfaces that may be contaminated via […]

A. Touch & Transfer

Touch: Surfaces that DHCP directly touch during procedures, and therefore potentially contaminate. These surfaces include: dental unit controls, x-ray switches, chair switches, chair side computers, computer mouse, light handles, cabinet handles, pens, charts, etc. Transfer: Instrument trays and handpieces that are touched by contaminated instruments […]

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