Dayal Dental - Infection Control Policy

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Infection Control Policy

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Effective sterilization and infection control measures at the dental clinic protect patients and staff alike. The benefits of a rigorous infection control extend to all— you, your dentist, and the dental team.

Both pre and post operative protective measures are adopted to optimize the sterilization of the clinic and dental instrumentarium.
All of our Dental staff is compulsarily vaccinated against Hepatitis B.
All the dental instruments are properly sterilized following all the safety norms.
The dental and auxillary staff is obliged to always wear gloves and mouth masks during any dental work involving contact with blood or saliva containing blood or mucus.
Mouth masks help withhold at least 95 % of the micro-organisms and enhance the dentist and patient security.
A Detailed history of the patient is recorded to learn whether the patient has been exposed to any active contamination, ensuring thus that precautions are taken accordingly.
 
Disposal of Single use instruments

Single use instruments like rubber cups ,wedges , anaesthetic needles ,scalpels and blades ,suture needles saliva ejectors ,suction nozzles artificial walls, dental cups etc are used once and thereafter discarded.
 
Use of sharp instruments and needles

Special care is administered in the disposal of sharp instruments which have been in contact with blood or saliva.
Surgical blades and needles are always placed within a solid, hard plastic container.
Used Needles are never recapped with both hands and care is taken so that the needle points away from the body.
The 'One Hand Technique ' is used to recap the needles before they are discarded.
 
Sterilization of Handpieces and Burs

We make sure that both the high and low speed hand-pieces as well as burs used in dentistry are sterilized before every use so that risk of any infection is avoided.
 
Sterilization of hand pieces

The dental staff meticulously washes and brushes the hand pieces under running water, dry them with an absorbent paper, lubricate them before sealing them in airtight pouches to be transferred to an Autoclave.
Moist Heat using saturated water vapors offers the best results as regards the sterilization of hand pieces is concerned ;and this is what an Autoclave have been most aptly designed for.
The Autoclave is programmed to operate either at 121 degrees for 20 min or 134 degrees for 3 min.
After the cycles are complete and indicators suggest that all conditions have been met, hand pieces are ready for use.
 
Sterilization of burs

Before the dental burs are sterilized, they are made to pass through an ultrasonic bath wherein they are freed from any foreign matter or oxides usually deposited on their stems.
These Ultrasonic Baths use special fluids which generally include Proteolytic enzymes.
The burs are made to vibrate at a temperature of 60 Degrees at a rate of 60-80 khz for at least 15 minutes.
After the cycles are complete and indicators suggest that all conditions have been met, hand pieces are ready for use.
 
Mode of sterilization of different types of Burs

Burs made of common carbon steel are not autoclaved because they get oxidised.
Stainless steel or Tungsten carbide burs are autoclavable.
 
 Infection Control Post Dental Procedure

The Dental operatory staff are clearly instructed to wear gloves before cleaning the work area so that their hands are covered and not exposed to blood and other biological fluids left on the work surface or instruments.
All the Dental instruments are to be cleaned and sterilized and the work area appropriately disinfected with appropriate solutions involving Phenolic and Quaternary ammonium compounds.
All Plastic waste bags are regularly discarded to prevent the spread of infective diseases.
Any Impression or oral mapping is cleaned before being sent to the lab.
The Dental Personnel are obliged to wash their hands both before and after coming in contact with the patient.
Handwashing is done with water and soap followed by Antimicrobial solutions.