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Efficiency in Group Practice is pleased to announce a new feature, Best Practices in Infection Control, with THE DENTAL ADVISOR. Dr. John Molinari and Peri Nelson will address common concerns related to Infection control in dental practices.
To evaluate the ability of water- and alcohol-based surface disinfectant wipes to clean environmental surfaces coated with dried organic debris and to demonstrate the ability of water and alcohol-based surface disinfectant wipes to kill vegetative bacteria in 5, 25, 50, and 100% blood solutions using a single-step application procedure.
Ongoing discussion of infection control issues surrounding reusable vs. disposable devices can present clinicians with information that sometimes includes conflicting rationales for choice and use. Air/water syringe (AWS) tips represent one type of item that is mentioned prominently in these debates.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of microbial contaminants on commercial, non-sterilized, pre-packaged burs as compared to new, pre-sterilized Apen SteriX (Coltene/Whaledent) burs. Read the full report here.
The purpose of this study is:
1. To evaluate the antimicrobial effectiveness of Cavex ImpreSafe on multiple clinical impressions taken over time.
2. To examine the effectiveness of used and re-used Cavex ImpreSafe preparations by assessing the product’s disinfectant capabilities noting the number of
uses with the length of time for solution activity.
Read full article here Cavex ImpreSafe Long-Term Disinfection Study
Disposable medical gloves worn by health care workers provide an effective barrier against cross-contamination and cross-infection.
Personal Protective Equipment
This issue of THE DENTAL ADVISOR discusses health professional protection through the use of patient care gloves, masks, protective eyewear, and protective clothing and recommends representative products.
Read the article here: Personal Protective Equipment.
Instrument Sterilization and Monitoring
This issue of THE DENTAL ADVISOR reviews instrument sterilization and recommend equipment and sterilization monitoring procedures.
Click here to read the article: Instrument Sterilization and Monitoring.
Infection Control Update: Instrument Reprocessing
This issue of THE DENTAL ADVISOR focuses on the area of instrument reprocessing, a complex process that requires multiple steps, including cleaning, packaging, sterilization, and storage. There are a number of available products, which can allow clinical personnel to accomplish the primary goal of instrument reprocessing – delivery of sterile instruments to patients.
Read the article here: Infection Control Update: Instrument Reprocessing
Surface Disinfectants - Update on Sprays and Wipes
Disinfection of operatory surfaces between patients is an important component of an effective infectious disease control program. The routine use of chemical disinfectants and disposable surface covers is therefore warranted in certain circumstances. Most dental care facilities use a combination of covers and liquid germicides. This issue of THE DENTAL ADVISOR reviews disinfectant sprays and wipes.
Read the article here: Surface Disinfectants - Update on Sprays and Wipes
Microbial Contamination of Patient Napkin Holders
The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the presence and composition of bacterial contaminants on patient napkin holders (i.e. bib chains) before and after patient care appointments. Experiments were also performed to investigate the effectiveness of cleaning procedures on reusable bib chains.
Download the report here: Napkin Contamination Study
Cavex ImpreSafe Disinfection Study
The project investigated the antimicrobial effectiveness of Cavex ImpreSafe on clinical impressions.
Read the report here: Cavex ImpreSafe Disinfection Study.
Effect of Lanolin- and Vitamin E-enriched Cyntek Powder-Free Latex Gloves on Skin Health
This study evaluated skin condition and comfort of Cynték Powder-Free Latex Exam Gloves as compared to other glove products during daily dental office routines.
Read the report here: Effect of Lanolin- and Vitamin E-enriched Cyntek Powder-Free Latex Gloves on Skin Health.
Optim 33TB Cleaning Study
The purpose of the investigation was to: Evaluate the ability of Optim 33TB to clean environmental surfaces coated with dried organic debris; Compare the cleaning capability of the water-based, hydrogen peroxide-containing Optim 33TB with that observed for a surface disinfectant containing a high alcohol concentration; and investigate the ability of Optim 33TB to remove bacteria in organic debris on contaminated environmental surfaces.
Download the report here: Optim 33TB Cleaning Study.
Bib Holder - Disposable
Bib-Eze is a disposable bib holder made of lightweight, elasticized fiber.
Read more about Bib-Eze.
Disinfectant for Impressions
Cavex ImpreSafe is a highly concentrated disinfectant for alginate, polyether and silicone impressions. The solution is aldehyde-free and has a neutral odor. The manufacturer states that Cavex ImpreSafe needs only three minutes to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses and has no negative effect on the impression surface. The system includes a disinfection container, one liter of disinfection fluid concentrate, shipping bags and a timer.
Read more about Cavex ImpreSafe.
Cynték Powder-Free Latex Exam Gloves are a single-use, pH-balanced, lotion-coated glove for dental procedures. An inner coating of Lanolin and vitamin E in the inner coating act as moisturizers to help soothe and soften skin. The outer surface is designed with a micro-roughened texture to ensure a superior grip for most operating conditions.
Read more about Cyntek Powder-Free Latex Exam Gloves.
Soft T Cleanse is a water-based, foaming hand sanitizer containing moisturizers, aloe vera, lavender, and chamomile. It contains no petroleum products, making it compatible for use with latex gloves. The formulation is alcohol- and fragrance-free and non-irritating.
Read more abour Soft T Cleanse.
Ultra-Sensitive Mask is an ear-loop design specifically for users with sensitive skin. The product is free of chemicals, inks, dyes and fragrance and has a fluid-resistant outer layer with a white hypoallergenic inner cellulose layer.
Read more about Ultra-Sensitive Mask.
Multipurpose Cleaning Solution
sani-treet GREEN is a multi-purpose cleansing solution intended for use as an instrument pre-soak, an evacuation system cleaner, and an ultrasonic cleaner solution. It is non-toxic, non-caustic and biodegradable.
Read more about sani-treet.
BRAVO is a fractionated vacuum sterilizer that incorporates both pre-vac and post-vac cycles designed for optimum steam penetration and uses only fresh distilled water for every cycle.
Read more about Bravo.