Dental clinics have been a focus of attention as dental instruments are possible agents for pathogenic transmission from patient to patient, from patient to doctor and vice versa. With the increasing risk of cross infections by Hepatitis B and HIV viruses, the dental facilities are bound to observe the same stringent rules in sterilization of instruments, and disinfection/maintenance of the operatories.
Sterilization is the complete elimination or destruction of all forms of microbial life and is accomplished in healthcare facilities by either physical or chemical processes. Disinfection describes a process that eliminates many or all pathogenic microorganisms on inanimate objects with the exception of bacterial spores. Method of sterilization that may be used for these instruments and materials that are heat stable include steam under pressure (autoclave), chemical (formaldehyde) vapour, and dry heat.
Out of these three methods steam under pressure i.e. autoclaving is the most dependable method of sterilization, where the instruments are exposed to steam under pressure of 15 pounds at 121 degree Celsius for 15 minutes.
We at Dental Aesthetix have always been taking the most strict measures to check these cross
infections. These measures in a step wise manner include—
After use the instruments from each patient are dipped in saturated solution of Savlon for 24 hours.
|The instruments are kept in the Biosonic cleaner for 20 minutes to shake off all the debris. ———–>|
|After scrubbing and washing these instruments, they are properly wrapped and subjected to autoclaving cycle in a steam autoclave.|
|Instrument which comes in contact with patients blood are washed and packed in special sterlization pouches. Our patients are reassured when a new pack of supplies is opened in front of them prior to treatment.|
Surface Disinfection – of all operations surfaces and dental units is done using disinfectants like Bacillocid every day. Special care is taken to clean the spittoons and machinery in use after each patient with surface disinfectant like Surfasept . Cellophone is used to cover the most touched parts of the dental units and is changed after every patient.
|The clinic is affiliated to Bio-Medical waste management authority of Punjab.All the waste is packed in separate color coded
bags and is taken care of by the Biomedical waste management board. The sharps are stored in special container and needles are destroyed in the needle destroyer