Disinfecting Dental Equipment

Since the release of new HTM 01-05 regulations, a guideline for infection control in the UK’s dental healthcare settings, there is a renewed emphasis on infection control procedures and products. Complete disinfection of dental equipment is the only way to ensure quality and infection free healthcare services to patients. Decontamination of surgical and non surgical devices is important to prevent transmission of life threatening microorganisms as the process can destroy many disease causing microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi etc.

Most of the dental units make use of a variety of methods and state-of-the-art decontamination devices to ensure that they meet the ‘best practice’ standards prescribed by the new HTM regulation. According to the regulation, all dental practices need to decontaminate any re-usable dental equipment every thirty days. Apart from providing a comprehensive guidance to sanitisation of dental equipment, this regulation also aims to bring an optimal environment for a safe and secure decontamination process. Failure to comply washers disinfectors with the regulations could even lead to cancellation of your dental unit’s licence.

Fortunately, technological advancements have presented us with many state-of-the-art disinfecting devices. Multifunctional sterilisation devices like Autoclaves, Washers/Disinfectors and Gas Plasmas are a few such high impact decontamination apparatus widely used by dental units to purify surgical and non-surgical devices.

Autoclaves aid complete disinfection to all dental instruments making use of high pressure generated inside the device. Washers/Disinfectors are widely used for sanitising complex dental instruments while Gas Plasma Disinfectors are used for sterilising a wide range of dental instruments at a lower temperature.

Now that you know there is more than one reason to disinfect dental equipment, embrace any of these high-impact sterilising devices and ensure your patients quality and infection free healthcare.

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