In certain situations, the human body is a perfect environment for microorganisms to grow. Both harmless and harmful microorganisms are found on our skin, mucous membranes, and other body orifices. Normal flora is microorganisms that live both on and/or in our body in a symbiotic and non-harmful relationship with us. Every day we are constantly […]
Category Archives: Infection Prevention and Control
People wearing face masks when they are not in clinical environments is a common sight these days. Air quality in some regions has meant increased use of surgical style face masks in the hope of filtering out pollution. In dentistry, clinical staff work in close proximity to patients and safety should always be at the forefront […]
Viral Evolution – A Timely Reminder in Support of a Back to Basics Approach What is a virus? Viruses are microorganisms that exist almost everywhere. They can infect most living things including humans, animals, plants, fungi and even bacteria. Some viral infections occur with little or no impact to the host but others have the […]
Reused and reduced. Recycled and repurposed. Composted and compounded. Historically in dentistry, we have been a high waste, non-reusable industry. We’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to reduce and reuse but there seem to be numerous obstacles in doing so, such as cost, compliance and regulations, and of course, patient perception of reusable items in a clinical environment. […]
Infection Prevention and Control
What information should your Infection Prevention Policy & Procedures Manual include?
Estimate reading time: 3 – 5 mins An integral piece of your required documentation at your practice, in adhering to Australian and New Zealand Compliance protocols, is the Infection Prevention Policy and Procedures Manual. This manual must be an ultra-comprehensive document that includes information about procedures specific to the daily routines of your practice. It serves […]
There seems to be an ever widening gap between practices that are conscientious in their approach to infection prevention and those that adopt a ‘we’re pretty good’ mentality. We often find however, that those with the ‘we’re pretty good’ approach, in actual fact, are not. While the correct way to perform hand hygiene has not really changed over the years, the things we are dealing with have, hence, it is important to understand and have up to date information on infection prevention methods and current guidelines.
The Dental Council of NSW has issued an important announcement on the. 7th of November 2018 that it will carry out random infection control audits at dental practices whether or not a practitioner or practice has been subject to a complaint. “Following a serious infection control breach, identified by the Council in July 2018 at a dental […]
Infection Prevention and Control
How to get your dental practice Compliant: the 4 components of Compliance
Estimate reading time: 5-7 minutes Is your practice compliant? Infection control breaches should never ever be taken lightly. With most practices achieving an average of 77% compliance rate when audited, the risks are very real and concerning. Dental practitioners are required to comply with either of the applicable Dental Board of Australia or Dental Council of […]
Prime Practice Compliance, a division of Prime Practice, is launching Infection Prevention Online Self-Assessments. The Online Self-Assessment will allow Australian and New Zealand dental practices to undertake fast, cost-effective assessments that are fully compliant with the current AUS/NZ standards for infection prevention. The Audit tool will produce a comprehensive audit report and action plan, fully referenced and up to date, so practices can ensure they are compliant. […]
Prime Practice, the leading independent practice management company in the southern hemisphere, is excited to announce the launch of its new Compliance division, headed by Meg Sharpe. Infection prevention requires co-operation and adherence to strict rules by the whole dental team. Overall responsibility for infection prevention belongs to all team members; associated duties may be […]