Standards and Best Practice
The media coverage on infection of national and worldwide outbreaks of diseases like AIDS and strains of viruses that are multi-drug resistant, has created increased concerns about infection control during medical procedures.
Today, gloves, gowns and masks are mandatory in all dentist offices. Fewer than one-third of all dentists wore such personal protective equipment, or PPE, just a few decades ago. After a patient visit, disposable PPE, including Gloves, drapes, needles, and scalpel blades are thrown away. Hands are also washed and a new pair of gloves are worn when seeing the next patient.
Hand instruments that are used in any patient procedure are washed, disinfected and/or sterilized with steam or chemicals after use.
The most effective method for eliminating disease transmission is washing our hands, which is something we practice in our office. Before and after glove use, It is routine procedure to wash hands at the beginning of the day, and following touching any surfaces that may be contaminated.