Risks, Problems, and Processes for the Decontamination of Dental Handpieces

Good hygiene control procedures in dental practices include automated cleaning and sterilization of medical devices. Due to very complex construction, dental handpieces are recognized to need special decontamination processes. Retraction causes suction of all kinds of soil into the inner parts of an instrument including blood, saliva, and tissues. Good internal cleaning is a prerequisite for successful sterilization. Yet little remainders of pathogen germs can cause cross-infections. Reliable decontamination includes cleaning and sterilization, both carried out preferably by validated automated processes.

In this lecture, the speaker will explain the specifics of dental handpieces and explain typical bioburden loads after a dental treatment. He will explain the importance of dedicated automated decontamination processes and demonstrate the complete process from end of the treatment until the use of the instrument on the next patients. He will point out typical risks and give advice on the necessary documentation. A short section of the lecture will be dedicated to validation of automated reprocessing equipment.

Participants will learn about the importance of good hygiene control procedures and get practical advice on how to set-up state-of-the-art procedures in the dental practice or clinic. The speaker will quote international hygiene guidelines and hygiene studies, and furthermore share his insight from his extensive experience in both, manufacturing instruments and hygiene systems alike.

Speaker: Andrew Smith


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