Infection Control

    Ethanol Alcohol vs Isopropyl Alcohol

    by Levi Rose - August 02, 2021

    Ethanol Alcohol vs Isopropyl Alcohol: Which is better?

    The two most popular alcohols used as disinfectants are ethyl alcohol (or ethanol) and isopropyl

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    What is Isopropyl Alcohol?

    by Levi Rose - August 02, 2021

    Infection control is an indispensable part of hospital environments and medical settings. Regular disinfection ensures that working

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    Where does it state that an office needs to have a program or system for their DUWL’s?

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - November 27, 2020

    The question above in the title can be answered by a question… Who has first stated a DUWL system was needed and since when? The manufacturers of the DUWL’s have been the initiating source since the new design of equipment with a closed water system design. The water system is ‘closed’ to outside contamination as long as distilled water is used and not municipal water (tap water). The ultimate goal is to ensure water coming in and used in client care has an accounted quality assurance system so there is no second-guessing if the water dispensed into the client’s mouth is safe.

    Read More » - Dental Hygiene and Infection Control

    by - September 08, 2020

    Spread your infection control knowledge and slow the spread of COVID-19 - Dental hygienists are experts in prevention—yes, prevention of disease, but also of infection. By incorporating basic PPE and hand hygiene information into our patient education, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 while a vaccine is developed.

    To read the full article by Joy McCarthy, RDH CLICK HERE

    Read More » - Applying the precautionary principle to personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic: did we learn the lessons of SARS?

    by - July 24, 2020

    On 24 March 2020, the World Health Organization warned that the “chronic global shortage of personal protective gear is among the most urgent threats to virus containment efforts” in the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.1 In response, actions have been taken by agencies and institutions to conserve current supplies while attempting to procure more personal protective equipment (PPE).

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    UCSF School of Medicine - Covid-19: How the Virus Gets in and How to Block It: Aerosols, Droplets, Masks, Face Shields, & More

    by - July 20, 2020

    In this Covid-19 Medical Grand Rounds (July 16, 2020), three world experts discuss a variety of issues surrounding how the coronavirus moves from person to person, how best to block viral spread, and the potential that mask-wearing may not only prevent infection but also lead to a milder clinical course. The questions regarding aerosol vs. droplet transmission and the value of wearing masks and/or face shields are central to formulating public health strategies as well as to inform the personal decisions that each of us makes every day. The session is hosted by UCSF Department of Medicine chair Bob Wachter.

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    Gowns, Gowns and more Gowns!!!

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - July 02, 2020

    A summary discussion on product selection of gowns

    The routine practice of PPE selection is based on a proper risk assessment. This involves choosing the appropriate uniforms, shoes, gloves, surgical masks, respirator masks, eye protection, face shields, gowns, hair caps and shoe covers. Depending on the practice setting, this entire line up may be your ‘norm’ or it may be a new PPE shopping experience if you were not using the complete PPE spectrum in the past. As the line up of PPE expands, decisions need to be made on specific products and their performance. This is simple when the products are regulated, and with any luck, that regulation includes registration with Health Canada (or FDA for USA) or at least inclusion in a medical class device listing.

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    Do You Have A Hand Hygiene Program?

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - June 30, 2020

    A hand hygiene program is embedded within the contents of an office's IPAC Program and is often ill-defined. Dental offices may be performing hand hygiene tasks, have procured the necessary products and posted directions for proper hand hygiene, however, it goes much further than this.

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    DUWL Regimen and Product Selection During Extended Closure of a Dental Practice

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - April 22, 2020

    In the last article, I discussed the need to reflect on DUWL as part of the pre-planning to eventually return to practice once the coronavirus pandemic emergency state is lifted. I received many inquiries on product selection ranging from a regular maintenance program to the ‘oh no my DUWL biofilm is out of control’ action program.

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    Dental Unit Water Lines: Re-Entry into Practice Post Pandemic

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - April 08, 2020

    In the current situation of dental office closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are varying degrees of concerns that dental professionals are facing. Myself, as an RDH working clinically and an IPAC educator, I have a constant barrage of "what’s and if’s" anxiously circling through my mind like a movie stuck on repeat.

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