Our Infection Control Process
As businesses start to re-open after the COVID-19 virus closures, infection control is at the top of everyone’s mind. How can you keep you and your family safe while returning to a somewhat normal life?
To help ease fears and inform patients of how we are keeping our office, team members, and visitors safe, we have created this guide about infection control at the dentist.
In addition, our team uses an alcohol-based hand gel throughout the day, after touching surfaces like counter tops, using computers, opening doors, and more.
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is a combination of safety items our dental team wears to keep both themselves and patients safe. This includes disposable medical gowns, masks, eye coverings, and gloves.
We take extra caution to switch out masks after every patient, routinely switch gloves during a procedure when needed, and dispose of gowns after every patient visit.
- Wear gloves during every procedure, with every patient, and during simple oral exams. As well as when cleaning rooms, instruments, and equipment.
- We use disposable gloves so that no one pair is used on different patients. In addition, we switch out gloves at least once with the same patient.
- Washing hands immediately after taking gloves off.
- Wearing disposable gowns for every procedure and not wearing the same gown for more than one patient.
- Wearing masks during every procedure. During high virus times (like COVID-19), all staff members will wear masks the entire day, throughout the office, including the front desk. Masks will be switched out between patients and when leaving an operating room.
- Signs posted in our lobby about cough etiquette
- Tissues, hand sanitizer, and a no-touch trash receptacle available for patients in the lobby
- Asking patients who come in with sick symptoms or who are sick to wear a mask
- Educate staff on respiratory hygiene procedures and CDC guidelines
Sterilization & Disinfection
- Wiping down patient contact surfaces
- Using disposable barriers on dental equipment in each room
- Disinfecting each room after a patient procedure is complete. This includes, removing/disposing of all barriers, using a medical grade disinfectant on all surfaces, wiping down chairs, and spraying all products used or touched.
- Running all instruments through an Ultra Sonic and Autoclave sterilization machine after every patient.
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