Reduce the Risk of Cross Contamination in Dental Operatories
After reviewing national patient data from 2000 to 2008, researchers in Boston found that the people hospitalized after dental procedures and infections has increased by more than 40 percent, to 8,141 in 2008 from the 5,757 hospitalized in 2000. According to new analysis, some 66 patients died after they were hospitalized.
Infection controls and universal precautions in dental offices protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control, your dentist, the dental team and especially the patient. Infection control procedures are recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and face masks
- Use of chemical disinfection on counter tops, high-tech equipment and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use and the use of disposable materials.
Dentists and dental surgeons sterilize all reusable equipment, such as mirrors, reusable impression trays, amalgam condensers, and dental hand pieces. They use autoclaves, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure. Therefore, those in Dentistry would benefit by complete room disinfection and the disinfection of surfaces and equipment.
Microorganisms can be easily transferred from contaminated surfaces to patients because of poor hand washing and environment/surface disinfecting. Keeping your mouth open for a significant time opens the room, air, and equipment to infectious pathogens. When surfaces are touched, microbial agents may be moved to instruments, other surfaces, dental equipment, and to people. SteraMist™ powered by Binary Ionization Technology® (BIT™) reduces the risk of cross contamination between treated surfaces, including common high touch surfaces such as:
- Light switches
- Door handles
- Portable x-ray machines
- Hand held electric and pneumatic hand pieces
- Remote controls
- Ritter chairs
- Counter tops
Effectively Eliminate Bacteria*
Although hand hygiene is essential, an effective broad-spectrum surface disinfection is fundamental to eliminate bacteria from hard, nonporous room surfaces. Utilizing the SteraMist™ Surface Unit, dental technicians, dentists or office managers can kill bacteria* and inactivate viruses** to reduce the risk of exposure from treated surfaces. This is ideal for all dental facilities, including:
- Oral Surgery Centers
- Implantation Centers
- Orthodontic Offices
- Dentist Offices
See best practices for end of the day disinfecting. Also, receive a custom evaluation and learn more about how to integrate SteraMist™ Surface Unit and/or the SteraMist™ Environment System into all of your dental practices cleaning protocols. Call 800-525-1698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*SteraMistTM Surface Unit: Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcus) (Staph) (ATCC# 6538), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pseudomonas) (ATCC# 15442), and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (ATCC# 33592) **Influenza A (H1N1) virus