IPAC Compliance

    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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    Is the maxill u-test PCD (Process Challenge Device) a Health Canada regulated medical device?

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - November 04, 2019

    The maxill PCD is part of ‘Batch Monitoring’ in the quality assurance of sterilization. Currently Health Canada does not regulate PCDs and therefore the batch monitoring PCD is not listed as a medical device.

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    What is a Process Challenge Device for Sterilization Monitoring?

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - January 09, 2019

    maxill is proud to introduce the ‘new guy’ in the IPAC line up of products… The Process Challenge Device (PCD). A PCD is a key element in the quality assurance testing of dental office sterilizers. It is used to monitor the performance of the sterilization process. The PCD simulates an equal or greater challenge than the most difficult instrument/item routinely processed in a sterilization cycle. Each day and each cycle used requires the use of a PCD. Adding a more rigorous approach to testing follows best practice within the risk management of the theory of routine practice principles of infection prevention and control.

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