Infection control is practiced at our facility prior to, while, and post-delivery of dental health care to our patients. It is a mandatory initiative undertaken in order to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases between patients and doctors. We recognize and diligently follow infection control at our facility to ensure that we conduct dental health care practices in a clean and germ-free environment.
Why is infection control necessary?
WHO recognizes and categories diseases into two. They are communicable and non-communicable diseases. Communicable diseases have the capability of spreading among us, while the chances are less in the case of non-communicable diseases. Some of the major communicable diseases are HIV/AIDS, influenza, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, etc.
As these diseases are fast spreading, medical practices have undertaken the effort to implement and follow infection control strategies.
What are the strategies put forward to maintain infection control?
As practices have understood the importance of infection control, several guidelines and rules are followed to ensure zero breakouts of infection. Here are the key strategies that we follow:
- Hand hygiene: It is mandatory is to ensure that dentists and dental assistants wash their hands before and after a procedure. Hand hygiene is crucial as it is in one’s hands that most infections spread. Washing hands and using hand rubs are vital steps to be safe from infection.
- Personal Protective Equipment: Dentists, dental assistants, and patients are to wear gowns during the procedure to ensure that safe from infection. It is mandatory that dentists and dental assistants wear gloves and masks.
- Preventing re-use: No syringes, needles, gauze, gloves, masks, gowns etc. are allowed to be re-used after consulting a patient. The above must be disposed of after treating individual patients.
- Disinfecting instruments: It is mandatory to ensure that all instruments used during the procedure are sterilized with the help of disinfectants or steam wash.
Infection control is diligently performed and practiced at our facility to ensure that both the patient and staffs are free of germs.