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. […]
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 […]
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 […]