maxill Dental Blog

    Coronavirus Screening; The Dental Professionals Responsibility

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - January 28, 2020

    maxill is constantly doing research on any and every topic related to Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC). In the latest news releases, it is now common knowledge that a serious virus, the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is an evolving situation. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Public Health Sectors, PIDAC, CDC and WHO are all working diligently to ensure the containment of the virus and public awareness for surveillance.

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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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    If we use a Type V in a PCD, do we still need to use one in every package?

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - April 05, 2019

    I have had many inquiries about the use of a PCD in relation to a Type V. The burning question is: does a Type V still need to be placed in every package? The best approach to answering this question is to step back and review the job of the chemical indicators. Have a look at the table below for the type and purpose of each chemical indicator.

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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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    Sterilization pouches and expiry dates

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - August 27, 2018

    QUESTION: Are there expiry dates/shelf life on sterilization pouches?

    ANSWER: There are no expiry dates on pouches. A lot number and the date of manufacture are printed on the boxes. The date of manufacture is in the form of yr mth day, example 180410. Expiry dates are typically linked to a food or chemical registered with Health Canada.

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