AFTERCARE & GUARANTEE
infection control is
Following the current pandemic, we have put all our efforts to build the safest dental treatment environment for you. Infection control procedures are actions taken in The Top Dental Clinic to prevent the spread of disease. We care about your safety and work hard to prevent the spread of infection. That is why we have designated 2 big areas specifically for sterilization and decontamination processes. A dirty-to-clean workflow is essential in reducing the risk of cross-infection.
We have achieved the ideal separation- we have separate rooms for dirty and clean segregation. Zones are clearly labelled and instrument decontamination takes place as far away from the dental chair as possible. Between the dirty and clean part there is no human interaction. The instruments are placed in the autoclave (MELAG- the highest class of autoclaves and filters in the world) from the dirty zone and removed from the second door of the autoclave located in the clean area by a different person.
Infection prevention is a priority in The Top Dental Clinic where we have developed a protocol of work that is incomparable to any other!
Instrument cleaning is the process of removing all visible debris from the instrument surface. This takes place through manual cleaning, an ultrasonic bath or a washer-disinfector. At The Top-we use all 3 methods.
During the process of cleaning, personal protective equipment is worn. Instruments are cleaned as soon as possible after use, as this makes the process easier.
Manual cleaning takes place using a long handled brush with instruments immersed in warm water, using a suitable detergent. After cleaning, instruments should be rinsed to remove any trace of detergent.
Prior to ultra-sonic cleaning, instruments are immersed in cold water with detergent. Prior to sterilisation, any instruments that have not been processed via a washer-disinfector are rinsed to remove any trace of detergent and dried with a lint-free cloth.
Washer-disinfectors not only clean instruments but also include a disinfection cycle which allows for the safe handling and inspection of instruments prior to sterilisation. There are five generic stages during the process of a washer-disinfector. These are: flush, wash, rinse, disinfect and dry
- ‘Flush – removes “difficult” gross contamination, including blood, tissue debris, bone fragments and other fluid and solid debris.
- Wash – removes any remaining soil. Mechanical and chemical processes loosen and break up contamination adhering to the instrument surface.
- Rinse – removes detergent used during the cleaning process.
- Thermal disinfection – the temperature of the load is raised and held at the pre-set disinfection temperature for the required disinfection holding time.
- Drying – Purges the load and chamber with heated air to remove residual moisture.’
ALL instruments, however cleaned, are inspected for any visible debris.
Having a detailed and accessible sharps management procedure readily available is vital after receiving a sharps injury, as it can be a stressful and anxious time. A suitable procedure includes:
• Stopping the activity;
• Removing the glove;
• Encouraging the wound to bleed under running water;
• Drying the wound and applying a waterproof dressing;
• Assessing the risk of contamination;
• If there is contamination, reporting to occupational health for possible further action;
• Whether or not there is contamination, reporting the injury in the accident book.
Due to the high risk of infection in clinical areas, equipment used to clean the different areas of the clinic is segregated from other equipment and the cleaning process is also isolated. Colour coding assists in control infection.