Cross Infection Control

 

We are a member of the BDA Good Practice Scheme, we are now in our 14th year.


We realise that above everything else patients want to be treated in a safe environment where Cross Infection Control is Paramount. We comply with the highest standards laid  down by the British Dental Association's Good Practice Scheme.


 

Patient Safety is our top priority.

 

We have always prided ourselves in the quality of our cross infection control. Patients may notice things like gloves and clean sinks but there is much more to it than that.

 

We start with Staff Training. Not only the Nurses but the receptionists too. Every single member of staff knows how important this issue is and the role they play in ensuring the highest levels of Cross Infection Control.  Our staff have regular training and recently received certificates for the Cross Infection Control Course we completed.

 

Where it is possible we use disposable materials. Where we can't we always decontaminate and then we autoclave. 

 

We use a tray system for instruments which is acknowledged to be more effective that storage in draws. Every practice Inspection that we have had has remarked about the fact that we comply with the highest standards of cross infection control.

 

There are basic levels of cross infection control which all dentists have to conform to but many dentists go well beyond them. We believe we are in this group.  

 

We not only train our staff but we invest as well. To ensure that we can maintain the highest standards we always have a spare

Autoclaves so that in the event of a breakdown we can continue to maintain the highest standards.

 

Our new surgeries were specifically designed for the highest levels of Cross infection control.

 

Our new surgeries will have minimum storage within the clinical area, with most things been stored in our dedicated

Sterilisation room. We have decided to have drawers rather than cupboards because they allow easier access.

 

 

We have also decided to have a separate area in each surgery for hand washing. This will make it easier to maintain a clean work surface behind the dental chair.

 

We are going to go completely to bagged instruments and disposables and all used instruments will be cleaned away from the surgery in a dedicated decontamination room.

 

Combined with our high standards of training the separate rooms for decontamination and for sterilised instruments will mean that we can

be completely confident about our standards of Cross Infection Control

 

The main priorities of our Cross Infection Control policy are

(a) Effective Hand washing.

(b) Using Protective barriers.

(c) Management of healthcare waste.

(d) Correct handling and disposal of needles and sharps.

(e) Cleaning and Decontamination of work surfaces.

(f) Effective cleaning, decontamination and sterilisation of equipment including hand pieces and drills.

(g) Use of appropriate disinfectants.

(h) Correct storage of sterile instruments and equipment.

(i) Appropriate use of barriers including gloves, bibs, Face masks, protective clothing and eye protection

 

(j) Needle stick injury policy.

(k) Maintaining dental chair unit water quality

(l) Decontamination of impressions and prosthetic appliances.

(m) Monitoring of staff immunisations and vaccinations.

(n) Maintaining a safe environment including Aspiration and Ventilation

Whenever I visit other practices the one thing I always look at is the standard of cross infection control. I never ever believe that you can say you have your cross infection control is perfect, however over and above everything else, it is the one thing we are constantly trying to improve.