Topic Category: clinical contact surfaces

D. Procedures for Cleaning and Disinfecting

Procedure for cleaning and disinfecting a treatment room: Appropriate PPE is worn Remove all garbage, properly dispose of all sharps Purge all waterlines Carefully remove all barriers (if applicable) and dispose Read label of disinfectant to be certain it is  TBcidal Use the “spray-wipe-spray-wait” technique […]

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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