Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS, is an associate professor at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. Her career spans 22 years as a dental hygienist and educator where she has served as clinic coordinator and health and safety coordinator. Her research, which she presents nationally, focuses on infection control. Garland is an active member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s Peer Review Panel. She is also a Dimensions Brand Ambassador.
I had a small drop of ultrasonic cleaner splash into my eye while sterilizing instruments. I immediately flushed it with saline solution and sterilized my contact. Is there any risk of bloodborne infection?
I work as a temporary dental hygienist in many dental offices. In one practice, the dental assistants bag the dental instruments for sterilization but do not completely close the pouches (leaving their adhesive stickers intact).