INFECTION CONTROL (Highlights)
Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. KHURANA DENTAL HOSPITAL’S TEAM takes cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, are cleaned and disinfected.
Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized with high tech equipment between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also implicated to complete dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.
- We have always considered Sterilization of our instruments & disinfection of our equipment as the most important factor in our “success story.”
- Comments like “Doctor, the clinic is as clean as or even better than the dental clinic I visited in USA, Canada & Europe” have only cemented our faith in maintaining high standards of sterilization & disinfection in our Centre.
- We have invested heavily in equipment & people to maintain the standards of sterilization.
- The sterilization room has 5 sterilizers for specific purposes.
- The high end ‘S Class sterilizer (Autoclave)”, the only of its kind in the region sterilizes 6 hand pieces at one time in a matter of only 18 minutes so that each & every patient receives a fresh sterilized hand piece as per standard international protocol. The clinic has 20 such hand pieces for use.
- 2 ‘B Class sterilizers ( autoclaves)’ are used for sterilization of all other instruments being used in the clinic which includes examination sets, drilling burs, impression trays, surgical instruments, implant kits, filling instruments & extraction forceps, etc.
- A drum autoclave is used for sterilizing the cotton & surgical drapes.
- A glass bead sterilizer is used for disinfecting the root canal instruments.
- ISO 1140 Class 4 indicators are used to confirm each sterilization cycle.
- We have introduced individualized sterile packs that contain examination instruments, gauze, cotton balls and suction devices (photograph).
- All our impression trays, extraction forceps are also packed individually in sterile packs.
- Our patients are reassured when a new pack of supplies is opened in front of them prior to treatment.
- All needles and syringes used in our Centre are disposable & for single use only.
- The glasses used for rinsing are disposable too.
- After each patient, the dental unit & surrounding areas are cleaned & disinfected properly before reuse.
- The used instruments are moved to a specific cleaning room for processing. After soaking, ultrasonic cleaning, scrubbing, washing & drying, the instruments are segregated & packed into individual pouches for autoclaving purpose.
- The medical waste generated is disposed of following international pollution control guidelines.
- It is important to highlight that the instrument cleaning room & instrument sterilizing room are separate. This has been deliberately done to maintain the sanctity of sterilization. The sterilization room access is biometrically controlled so as to allow only authorized personal.
- Never let uncertainty about safety keep you away from getting dental treatment done in India, or cause anxiety while you’re here, because your and our health is too important. We as health professionals are more susceptible to contact infectious diseases while working on our patients. And therefore we follow stringent measures of sterilization and disinfection for everyone’s safety.