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    6 scary consequences of not following good infection control practices

    How you can avoid these all-too-common pitfalls of infection control.


    HIV virus

    Environmental perils

    Infection control policies, procedures and protocols exist for a reason: to keep everyone—patients and staff, alike—safe. And those processes necessarily involve both the big and little things.

    “With Hepatitis B and C, and also HIV, a possibility, it’s just critical for the practice to train their workers on the exposure risks and provide the personal protective equipment—and then monitor and ensure at the workers are doing what they’ve been instructed to do,” Mary Borg-Bartlett, President of SafeLink Consulting observes.

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    No measure is too insignificant. If an infection control rule is in place, it is there for a reason.

    “For example, if you do not follow manufacturer’s instructions for use regarding disinfection contact time, you may not be giving the product enough time to kill pathogens,” Daw says. “Hepatitis C, as an example, can survive for several weeks on contaminated surfaces. If you’re using a product with a five-minute kill time, but only leaving it wet for 20 seconds, you may as well be using water on those surfaces. Instructions for proper use must be followed, including whether the product requires an additional cleaning step before disinfection and what the contact time is to kill all pathogens indicated on the label. Not doing so can create an environment rife with contaminants.”

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...


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