Topic Category: clinical contact surfaces

C. Surface Contamination

There are two methods that may be used to deal with surface contamination: Surface Barriers Precleaning Surface Barriers Fluid resistant materials that prevent a surface from becoming contaminated. Surfaces that may be protected with barriers include: Dental Chair Headrest & control buttons Light handles & […]

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 contaminated. These surfaces include: dental unit controls, x-ray switches, chair switches, chair side computers, computer mouse, light handles, cabinet handles, pens, etc. Transfer: Instrument trays and handpieces that are touched by contaminated instruments or […]