Why dentists should use Single-use-items

Infection control in the dental operatory, be it a routine cleaning or a more serious dental procedure, is crucial to prevent transmission of infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. It requires a balance between the sterilization protocols and an efficient workflow.

Surface Cleaning:

All surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, instrument tray, drawer handles and countertops, should be cleaned and decontaminated. Some offices cover the equipment with protective materials, which are replaced after each patient.

Hand Washing:

Hands are the most common way diseases are transmitted. The dental hygienist, dentist and all health care staff should wash their hands before every patient. It prevents the spread of colds and flu.

Protective Equipment:

Infection control precautions require that disposable dental tools and needles are never reused on another patient and dental staff should use protective wear such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear.

Dental Instruments:

Non-disposable items such as the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients.

Disposable items, are NEVER reused.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): “Use single-use devices for one patient only and dispose of them appropriately.”

Single-use device — (disposable device) Single-use device in dentistry is designed to be used on one patient and then discarded; not cleaned, disinfected, or sterilized for use on another patient, as they are not heat-tolerant and cannot be reliably cleaned.

Benefits of single-use:

Since single-use items are used to treat one patient only and then disposed of, they help reduce the risk of patient-to-patient contamination.

Single-use sterilization pouches:

A single-use pouch is clean, maintains a proper seal, assures confidence, the color-changing inks visually demonstrate sterilization, eliminates the question of counting cycles, the position of the instruments is clear to the operator.

Dental carpules:

Single-use dental carpule set on the patient’s tray, is never reprocessed, to avoid the risk of spreading disease.

Single-use masks:

CDC guidelines: “Change masks between patients or during patient treatment if a mask becomes wet.” This device is designed to avoid various situations of cross-contamination. The mask can become damp due to breathing or surrounding moisture, which decreases the efficacy of filtration and its protection is progressively diminished.

Disposable HVE and SE valves — antimicrobial, simple to operate and easy to discard.

Single-use items:

Syringe needles, prophylaxis cups and brushes, plastic orthodontic brackets, cotton rolls, gauze, and irrigating syringes.

Single-use devices :

Prophylaxis angles, saliva ejectors, high-volume evacuator tips, and air/water syringe tips, burs, endodontic files, and broaches.

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