There are definitely some key topics for infection control in your office. Sharps injuries, your sterilization area, instrument sterilization, patient safety, and organization are all important in creating a safe and healthy environment for you and your patients. Here are some of the big takeaways to keep in mind as you continue your infection control journey.
We’ve talked with profitable dental practices that have somehow managed to find more time in their day. And for some of them, a lot more. Of these practices, we continually hear that what helps them be most efficient is a well-organized facility.
Here are some indicators that you could benefit from better organization
You should be prepared to proactively bring up safety with your patients instead of waiting for them to ask questions. This can take the form of actual discussions, signage, emails, texts, and other forms of communication that let patients know their safety is your priority.
Here are some tips to create a better patient experience when it comes to safety.
When it comes to maintaining your practice’s sterilization area, details matter – especially for maximizing the efficiency and functionality of your sterilization area.
More importantly, how well you follow National and International guidelines for setting up your sterilization area will have a major impact on patient safety.
The four review steps of the instrument reprocessing are 1) receiving, cleaning and decontamination, 2) preparation and packaging, 3) sterilization, and 4) storage.
Here are some best practices for each of those steps.
A diagnostic instrument’s useful lifespan can extend for years. There may be probes and explorers in use right now in some dental offices that performed exceptionally well over time but are truly no longer in optimal condition to advance efficient and vital dental diagnoses.