| FAQ - Disinfection - Archived Through 2012
How should we disinfect surfaces that have been touched or contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, "A chemical germicide registered with the EPA as a ‘hospital disinfectant' and labeled for tuberculocidal (i.e., mycobactericidal) activity is recommended for disinfecting surfaces that have been soiled with patient material."
As an alternative to between-patient disinfection, many practices choose to use impermeable barriers to cover and protect surfaces that would otherwise become contaminated (through touch or with droplet spatter). The barriers are simply removed, discarded, and replaced after each patient.
The CDC will publish revised infection control guidelines for dentistry in the near future. Whether this specific recommendation will change is unknown at this time. Check the CDC Div. of Oral Health website for updates on the new guidelines.