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Kristin Hohman serves as Associate Editor for DPR.
Here, we’ve gathered our top 5 infection control products for 2020.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has put infection control center stage. Dental and health care professionals have come up against an evolving set of protocols in order to mitigate the spread of the virus, which seemed to constantly change as more was learned about the disease. Yet the industry has proved adaptable to the new guidelines. And despite being at an increased risk for transmitting the virus, less than 1% of dentists reported confirmed or probable cases. Here, we’ve gathered our top 5 infection control products for 2020.
Designed to help dental practices feel secure in the proper functionality of in-office sterilizers, the 3M Attest Mini Auto-reader 490M can produce sterilization monitoring results in just 24 minutes. Designed to work with 3M Attest Super Rapid Readout Biological Indicators 1491 and 1492V, the Mini Auto-reader is small in size to easily fit on a counter. The large display can be viewed from across a room and features a countdown timer to indicate when results will be ready. The system can be connected to a computer via USB for documentation of test results.
888-364-3577 | go.3M.com/490M
The UVC LED Wand is designed to disinfect dental cameras, smartphones, tablets, keyboards, keys, and virtually any item around the office that doesn’t lend itself to chemical sterilization. The 265-280 NM range LED wand is designed to eliminate up to 99.9% of the harmful germs, viruses, and bacteria in any surrounding. The product can also be used as a “second
cleaning” option post autoclave of dental instruments.
Lester Dine, Inc
561-624-9100 | dinecorp.com
[Shoe Sanitizing Station]
This sanitizing station is a proactive disinfection solution using a patented combination of Ozone + UV-C light for superior disinfection results. This combination is said to be 110 times more powerful at eliminating pathogens than using UV light alone. It has been proved to eliminate coronavirus, Escherichia coli, and similar pathogens in 8 seconds, resulting in cleaner, safer environments. Designed to work with a practice’s current protocols, this offers an additional layer of infection prevention.
727-300-1069 | patho3gen.com
[Extraoral Aerosol Evacuator]
The DEFENDER Aerosol Evacuator System helps reduce the spread of airborne viruses. It features a unique high-powered suction system that evacuates viruses, bacteria, dust, and aerosols through a 3-stage HEPA filtration system and reportedly eliminates 99.97% of all particulate matter and then filters it through UV-C disinfection before being exhausted out. It is said to provide the safety needed to protect the staff and patients, and a small footprint makes it an ideal chairside extraoral suction system.
Flight Dental Systems
866-799-0517 | flightdentalsystems.com
Designed to make dental waterline treatment less labor-intensive, the BluTube elutes a non-allergenic and elemental iodinated resin to control microbial contamination in dental waterlines. The 2-cartridge system provides a waterline sanitization solution for up to 1 year and aligns with the American Dental Association’s best practices for amalgam separators. With the BluTube cartridge, waterline treatment can be checked off the to-do list for an entire year.
ProEdge Dental Water Labs
888-843-3343 | ProEdgeDental.com