Evaluating and Maintaining the Safety of Dental Treatment Water
Oral health professionals need to be well versed in achieving and maintaining patient safety in the clinical setting.
Oral health professionals need to be well versed in achieving and maintaining patient safety in the clinical setting. This includes ensuring the safety of water used in the dental office through appropriate treatment and consistent monitoring. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene— through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Crosstex International—explores this topic in the continuing education (CE) article “Ensuring the Safety of Dental Treatment Water” by Eve J. Cuny, BA, MS, and Kathy J. Eklund, RDH, MHP. Cuny—a professor in the Department of Dental Practice and director of Environmental Health and Safety at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco—and Eklund—the director of occupational health and safety and the Forsyth research subject and patient safety advocate at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts—discuss the effects of biofilm formation in dental unit waterlines; identify infections associated with contaminated dental treatment water; list standards for minimum water quality in dental offices; and explain procedures for managing dental treatment water quality. This informative CE article offers the opportunity to earn 2 CE units.
From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2017;15(3):15.