SterilizationDr. Vimal Thareja2017-12-11T00:43:42+05:30
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Dental clinics have been a focus of attention as dental instruments are possible agents for pathogenic transmission from patient to patient, from patient to doctor and vice versa. With the increasing risk of cross infections by Hepatitis B and HIV viruses, the dental facilities are bound to observe the same stringent rules in sterilization of instruments, and disinfection/maintenance of the operatories.
Sterilization is the complete elimination or destruction of all forms of microbial life and is accomplished in healthcare facilities by either physical or chemical processes. Disinfection describes a process that eliminates many or all pathogenic microorganisms on inanimate objects with the exception of bacterial spores. Method of sterilization that may be used for these instruments and materials that are heat stable include steam under pressure (autoclave), chemical (formaldehyde) vapour, and dry heat.
Out of these three methods steam under pressure i.e. autoclaving is the most dependable method of sterilization, where the instruments are exposed to steam under pressure of 15 pounds at 121 degree Celsius for 15 minutes.
We at SmileMax Dentistry have always been taking the most strict measures to check these cross infections. These measures in a step wise manner include—
– After use the instruments from each patient are dipped in saturated solution of Savlon/Dettol.
– The instruments are kept in the Ultrasonic cleaner for 20 minutes to shake off all the debris.
– After scrubbing and washing these instruments, they are dried and properly wrapped and subjected to autoclaving cycle in a digitally controlled steam autoclave.
– After the sterilization cycle of 121 degree Celsius for 15 minutes and 15 pounds pressure is complete, the instruments are taken out of the drums and stored in a U.V cabinet where UV rays keep them sterilized for 24 hours.
– of all operations surfaces and dental units is done using disinfectants like IsoPropyl Alcohol every day. Special care is taken to clean the spittoons and machinery in use after each patient. Cellophone is used to cover the most touched parts of the dental units.
– To have a fool proof system of checking cross infections, disposable glasses, bowls, patient instrument trays, gloves, masks, suction tips and patient napkins are used for each patient. The used plastic prducts are disposed off.
– The clinic waste is properly disposed off as per the regulations.
– We will very soon introduce individualized sterile packs that contain the instruments as in the photograph. Our patients are reassured when a new pack of supplies is opened in front of them prior to treatment.
We maintain optimum infection control by
• Steam Sterilization: Autoclave (All the metal instruments are sterlised under high temperature and high pressure)
• Disposable Gloves
• Disposable Masks
• Heat Sterlisation for Burs, Handpiece etc.