FOR THE WHOLE DENTAL TEAM
The importance of infection control in clinical dental practice simply cannot be understated.
The Dental Board of Australia’s Guidelines for Infection Control state that ‘Dental practitioners must practice in a way that maintains and enhances public health and safety by ensuring that the risk of the spread of infectious diseases is prevented or minimised’.
However, clinical dental practice is varied. Some practices may consist of only one or two dental operatories, undertake little if any ‘surgical’ procedures and therefore only require a small sterilising area. Other larger dental practices may have up to 10 operatories, provide a wide range of dental procedures including several different types of dental surgical procedures, including implant surgery to dento-alveolar extractions, and require a large central sterilising area employing dedicated sterilisation staff.
While the work practices associated with the decontamination and sterilisation processes of reusable instruments in dentistry is relatively routine, consideration must be given to the size of the dental practice and the types of clinical dental procedures undertaken, as well as other important aspects of infection control including PPE, management of sharps and clinical waste, water quality and environmental cleaning.
This lecture will discuss some of the complexities in infection control currently facing Dentistry in Australia.
ADAWA INFECTION CONTROL UPDATE 2019
* Frameworks covering Infection Control in the Dental Setting.
* Updates to AS/NZS 4187 and 4815 and their implications.
* Registered Practitioner Responsibilities.
* Water Quality and Hand Hygiene implications to clinical practice.
* Blood Borne Viruses in clinical practice .
* When to use transmission based precautions in general practice.