Dental Care: Sterilization Protocol & Infection Control
Process of dental care: Sterilization Protocol & Infection Control.
- Instruments are soaked in disinfectant/detergent to prevent drying of the debris immediately after use.
- Heavy duty gloves are worn when handling contaminated solutions.
- Instruments are scrubbed and washed with enzymatic and non-enzymatic solutions which facilitate cleaning to remove all the debris.
- Instrument cassettes and ultrasonic cleaners are used to prevent direct handling of instruments.
- Instruments are packed in sterilization pouches before Autoclaving.
- Packaging of rinsed and dried instruments protects them from contamination after they are removed from sterilizer and during transport to chairside and storage.
- The packed instruments are then autoclaved and it is verified by spore tests/biologic indicators.
INFECTION CONTROL AT SCODE
- All Instruments that include Forceps, scalpels, surgical burs, chisels, etc that come in contact with blood or are used to penetrate soft tissue or bone are sterilized after every use and sterilization is achieved by steam under pressure – AUTOCLAVING
- Also, the impression trays , mirrors, diagnostic instruments etc that come in contact with mucous membranes are also sterilized by autoclaving.