Dental Instrument sterilization techniques are important to keep your patients safe. Even though you do the best, you may find it's difficult to keep clean dental instruments ready at a busy dental practice. Just because of this, we suggest some simple ways to make your sterilization process be more efficient.
Clean dental instruments immediately after a procedure—even if you have sterilized instruments ready.
All dental instruments must be cleaned before they go into an autoclave and are sterilized. However, if you don’t clean them immediately, they’re likely to get dried-on debris that will be much harder to remove later. If your practice is too busy to clean the instruments in a timely fashion, one solution is to use an enzymatic ultrasonic solution or use an enzymatic spray gel. This loosens any biological matter, making dental instruments easier to clean later.
However, be aware that certain liquids should not be used in chemical sterilization because they can damage your dental instruments. Refer to your manufacturer’s information for specific guidelines.
Increase efficiency by making sure your dental instrument processing area is clearly and physically divided into sections.
The Centers for Disease Control is very clear that all practices should have these processing areas clearly separated. This should include areas for:
- Cleaning dental instruments
- Sterilizing dental instruments
- Preparing and packing the dental instruments
- Storing the dental instruments in post-steralization bags
If it’s not possible to have a physical separate space, make sure they are properly labeled and the employee processing the dental instruments has specific training on how to prevent cross contamination. (Centers for Disease Control.)
Periodically verify your sterilization cycles and use the sterilizer properly.
Spore tests or biologic indicators can help ensure that your sterilization cycles are functioning properly. The temperature and time should not be interrupted during the cycle. Don’t open the sterilizer door during the cycle, and don’t overload it.
Pack your tools correctly.
Don’t place too many dental instruments in a package. Also be sure that you’ve placed the packet either paper up, sideways or paper down depending upon the particular model you have. Also, use packaging material that’s appropriate for the method of sterilization.
Diatech offers a wide range of sterilization items
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