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Disinfection and Decontamination

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1 Infection Control Procedures
 
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1 Infection Control Procedures

The employer has a duty of care towards their employees, patients and others who visit or work at the surgery to provide a safe place of work, to train staff appropriately and to provide personal protective equipment. This core CPD article looks at: Risk assessment Standard precautions in infection control
Objectives: keep up-to-date in the subject areas, alter their clinical and management practices where applicable and achieve verifiable CPD.
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2 Personal Protection and Prevention
 
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2 Personal Protection and Prevention

This CORE verifiable CPD article covers aspects of staff health and immunisation. What immunisations are required. Sharp safe working, what to do in the case of a sharps injury. Hand hygiene how to be effective and what to use. The role and use of personal protective equipment such as uniforms, gloves, masks and eye protection.
Objectives: keep up-to-date in the subject areas, alter their clinical and management practices where applicable and achieve verifiable CPD.
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3 Sterilisation of Dental Instruments and Equipment
 
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3 Sterilisation of Dental Instruments and Equipment

After reading this article, the reader should be able to:
Understand the difference between disinfection,
decontamination and sterilisation
Describe the layout of decontamination areas
Discuss the routine use of autoclaves
Objectives: keep up-to-date in the subject areas, alter their clinical and management practices where applicable and achieve verifiable CPD.
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4 Sterile Instrument Storage
 
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4 Sterile Instrument Storage

Sterilised instruments must be protected against the possibility of recontamination by wrapping or storing in a covered container. The autoclave used affects the wrapping and storing options.
After reading this article, the reader should be able to:
Describe the correct storage of wrapped instruments
Describe disinfection of dental instruments
Discuss single use items

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Objectives: keep up-to-date in the subject areas, alter their clinical and management practices where applicable and achieve verifiable CPD.
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5 Surgery Disinfection
 
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5 Surgery Disinfection

After reading this article, the reader should be able to: Explain the concept of zoning in dental surgeries Discuss surface disinfection Discuss dental aerosols and splatter
Objectives: keep up-to-date in the subject areas, alter their clinical and management practices where applicable and achieve verifiable CPD.
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6 Waste Management
 
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6 Waste Management

After reading this article, the reader should be able to: Good clinical waste management Define hazardous waste Understand how to deal with amalgam waste
Objectives: keep up-to-date in the subject areas, alter their clinical and management practices where applicable and achieve verifiable CPD.
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7 Prion Disease: The Implications for Dentistry
 
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7 Prion Disease: The Implications for Dentistry

This article aimed to provide the dental community with a brief overview of the characteristics, the risk of transmission, and infection control implications of prions in dentistry.
Objectives: keep up-to-date in the subject areas, alter their clinical and management practices where applicable and achieve verifiable CPD.
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Controlling Bacterial Contamination of Dental Impression Guns
 
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Controlling Bacterial Contamination of Dental Impression Guns

Dental impression material handgun cartridge dispensers are contaminated easily during clinical use. The authors attempted to quantify contamination by bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), of impression guns used in an academic dental clinic after five infection-prevention protocols were followed.
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Disposable Surgical Face Masks for Preventing Surgical Wound Infection in Clean Surgery (Review)
 
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Disposable Surgical Face Masks for Preventing Surgical Wound Infection in Clean Surgery (Review)

Surgical face masks were originally developed to contain and filter droplets containing microorganisms expelled from the mouth and nasopharynx of healthcare workers during surgery, thereby providing protection for the patient. However, there are several ways in which surgical face masks could potentially contribute to contamination of the surgical wound, e.g. by incorrect wear or by leaking air from the side of the mask due to poor string tension.
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Legionella in the Dental Practice
 
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Legionella in the Dental Practice

The implications of improper dental practice hygiene became a tragic wake-up call for Italian clinicians in February 2011, as an elderly woman died after contracting Legionnaire's disease from contaminated water at her dentist's surgery.
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Removal of Nail Polish and Finger Rings to Prevent Surgical Infection (Review)
 
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Removal of Nail Polish and Finger Rings to Prevent Surgical Infection (Review)

People having surgery can get a serious wound infection from bacteria (germs) on the hands of operating theatre staff (doctors, nurses, and assistants). Theatre staff scrub their hands intensively before operations to reduce the number of bacteria on them. It may be that nail polish (varnish) and rings (jewellery) hide bacteria and reduce the effectiveness of hand scrubbing.
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Surgical Hand Antisepsis to Reduce Surgical Site Infection (Review)
 
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Surgical Hand Antisepsis to Reduce Surgical Site Infection (Review)

Members of the surgical team routinely use antiseptic solutions as either scrubs or hand rubs with the aim of reducing the chance of the patient developing an infection following surgery. There was no difference between alcohol rubs which contain additional active ingredients and aqueous scrubs in reducing surgical site infections. However several studies measure the amount of bacteria on the hands before and after the surgical procedure and found that when using aqueous scrubs chlorhexidine was more effective in reducing the amount of bacteria than povidone iodine.
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