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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.


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    No one likes getting stuck with a needle, but it’s even more concerning if that needle is contaminated. Practices can lessen their chances for needlesticks by making sharps containers easier to get at.

    “We’re still hearing about many needlesticks,” Borg-Bartlett says, “And the practice is putting itself in that position if it is using a central sharps container. It’s better to have the container at the point of use, such as in the treatment room for easy disposal.”

    Related reading: The 5 things you should be doing NOW for better infection control

    When practices have centralized sharps disposal locations, the dirty needles must be transported, increasing the risk for accidents.

    “The risk is during the transport of the needle into the central disposal area which increases the risk of a needlestick,” Borg-Bartlett says. “Every year, dental practices need to evaluate safe practices for using needles and disposal. Last year the CDC included in their Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings the need for more attention and evaluation of safe injection practices to avoid transmission of infectious diseases by inappropriate handling of injectable medications.”

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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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