How we protect you
Our Infection control procedure and about Instrument sterilisation:-
In modern dental care you can be assured that all precautions are being taken to protect you. Rest assured that your visits to the dentist are safe! Everything possible is done to protect you from infection.
Protecting you is a priority to us:-
Protecting you from infection is a priority to us, so we want you to understand the many ways we ensure your safety.
Since there are many different diseases that are contagious (can be transmitted from one person to another), we assume that every encounter has the potential for infection. For that reason, we follow guidelines known as universal precautions.
Universal precaution means that we treat all patients as though they may themselves be a source of cross-infection. This allows us to eliminate the possibility of passing a disease from one patient to another. Precautions are also taken to reduce the potential of transmitting infection from a dental worker to a patient and visa-versa.
What specific steps are taken to control infection?
At West London Dental Centres we pay particular attention to general cleanliness, disinfection and sterilisation. We follow the Government guidlines HTM 01-05(2013) closely for your protection.
We have dedicated decontamination rooms which are the highest standards recommended from the Government guidelines HTM 01-05 (2013).
All surfaces that might possibly come into contact with infection-carrying materials are disinfected with approved chemicals between each patient.
Cleaning and sterilisation of instruments
Any instruments that are not disposable are cleaned thoroughly using the latest INSTRUMENT WASHER-DISINFECTOR after being disinfected.
A steam VACUUM AUTOCLAVE is used to sterilize and conforms to the current strict guidelines. A regular annual maintenance and check ensures that our standards are maintained.
Selection of equipment that reduces the possibility of contamination
Modern equipment greatly reduces the possibility of contamination and infection.
Dental unit water systems are designed with special valves and certain disposable parts to ensure that the water supply for each patient is protected from disease-causing agents. Special coatings on dental units prevent bacterial colonies from forming. Automated internal disinfection systems are used daily to clean the systems. Parts are designed to be removable for disinfecction.