Ensure Proper Infection Control
Today’s oral health professionals work with a variety of rapidly changing technologies during the delivery of patient care. Understanding how to manage technology in the dental setting requires knowledge and application of infection control guidelines, including manufacturer instructions for use. Knowledge of current manufacturer instructions for use is critical in the reprocessing cycle. If not carried out in accordance with these procedures, items could pose an infection control risk. Typical failures with infection control compliance regarding technology include improper cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization.
Dental instruments are categorized into three levels related to sterilization: critical, semicritical, and noncritical.
Which of the following is a semicritical instrument?
Sterilization refers to a process that kills all living microorganisms, including bacterial spores, by one of three methods: heat, gas, or chemical.
Different types of surfaces in various settings require the same level of disinfection.
Low-level disinfectants are effective against which organisms?
Barriers are placed on clean surfaces at the beginning of the day and changed between patients.
Heat sterilization is required for semicritical items whenever possible; however, many devices have a combination of critical and noncritical components that cannot withstand heat sterilization.
Care must be taken when disinfecting mice and keyboards to avoid electrical shock and to maintain the electrical components, but disinfectants are effective.
Plastic barriers should be used, along with a disinfectant containing less than what percentage of alcohol on portable handheld radiography units?
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