Infection Control

Infection Control Guidelines

The College of Dentistry has taken the following measures to prevent the possible transmission of infections:

Guidelines: The College of Dentistry meets or exceeds guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control. The College of Dentistry also complies with all provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's blood borne pathogen regulations.

Sterilization Process: The College of Dentistry has utilized a sterilization room in each  Dental departments. Technicians continuously study the latest research about contamination sources, and also supervise a college-wide sterilization system as a suggested method of combating the spread of infection. All instruments and hand pieces are carefully sprayed with disinfectant and sent to Sterilization rooms , where they are processed in the sterilization machines. All heat-tolerant items are sterilized in a steam autoclave; items which are not heat-tolerant are sterilized with gas at the hospital.

Other Protective Measures: Needles are discarded after use. All chairs, mirrors, handles, and any other clinic items that may have been touched or used during a patient's treatment, are cleaned with a strong disinfectant. Practitioners are required to wear gloves, which are changed between each patient. Practitioners also wash their hands before putting on gloves and after removing gloves. Protective eye wear, masks, and long clinic coats are worn, which are designed to prevent the spread of infection. Additionally, the College's water lines and vacuum hoses are regularly monitored to minimize any risks.

Regular dental care is important for everyone's dental health. The College of Dentistry, by following infection control guidelines, offers a comfortable, safe environment for dental care.

 

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