Sterilisation

Sterility in the Dental Practice

Sterility has always been our highest priority. We have had a dedicated Sterilisation Room in our practice since 1983, which demonstrates our commitment to cleanliness beyond minimum requirements. New legislation in 2010 now forces all practices to have similar dedicated rooms. Our Sterilisation Room has been purpose-built. Most dental practices expect their dental assistant to fulfill both chairside and sterilization procedures. In our view, this compromises both procedures and we employ a dedicated, fully trained Sterilisation Technician.

We use disposable items wherever possible; including ‘single use’ root canal instruments and implant drills. Sharp, new instruments ensure sterility, and also avoid fracture of instruments or overheating of delicate bone, which can cause problems. Tray systems ensure that all contamination is contained. We operate a sequential sterilisation system, ensuring that sterile instruments never come into contact with non-sterile items. All specialised surgical procedures are carried out in operating theatre aseptic conditions, with surgery surfaces being disinfected between patients using antimicrobial solutions, effective against HIV, hepatitis and all common viruses and bacteria. All of our staff are fully trained in our strict protocols, which also includes stringent hand-washing and disinfecting regimes, and wearing fresh gloves for each patient procedure.

Our Implant treatment room uses the latest Inov8 air disinfection unit, ensuring that no harmful bacteria drift in the air to cause infections.

We have used the Sterilox system, invented by Liverpool University for many years. This generates ‘superoxidated water which kills all harmful viruses and bacteria, ensuring that all water sprays in our dental units are safe.

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Key Points

  • We have a purpose designed sterilisation room, staffed by a dedicated full time Sterilisation nurse.
  • Wherever possible, we use disposable items.
  • Tray systems are used. This ensures that all contamination is contained.
  • No instruments are cleaned or sterilised in surgery.
  • We operate a sequential sterilisation system which ensures that sterile instruments never come in contact with non sterile items.
  • All surgery surfaces are disinfected between patients. Our antimicrobial solutions are effective against HIV, hepatitis and all common viruses.
  • “The Sterilox” system ensures that all water sprays in our dental units are free from infection.
  • We operate a strict hand washing and disinfecting regime. Fresh gloves are worn by all staff for each patient procedure.
  • All root canal instruments are single use and are then disposed.
  • All implant drills are single usage and then disposed. Sharp new drills prevent overheating of delicate bone avoiding problems with implant integration.
  • All specialised surgical procedures are carried out in operating theatre aseptic conditions.
  • Our implant treatment room is equipped with the latest “Inov8” air disinfection unit, ensuring no harmful bacteria can drift in the air and cause infections.
  • All staff are fully trained in the protocols. Regular review and updates are undertaken.

 

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