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FAQ - Instrument Processing - 2016
 FAQ -  Instrument Processing - 2016

 

 

Can you please send me the guidelines or link on sterilization of hand pieces after each use.

 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses handpiece sterilization in both Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003 and Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care. These documents can be accessed at this link:

http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/guidelines/index.htm  1

Handpieces are discussed on pages 30-31 of the 2003 guidelines, and page 14 of the summary document.

The CDC further states on its webpage entitled Dental Handpieces and Other Devices Attached to Air and Waterlines:

How should dental handpieces and other devices attached to air and waterlines be reprocessed between patients? 

Handpieces and other intraoral instruments that can be removed from the air and waterlines of dental units are considered semicritical devices. In addition, studies show that the internal portions of high-speed handpieces and low-speed handpiece motors can become contaminated and that it is possible for retained patient material to be released into the mouths of subsequent patients. Therefore, handpieces and other intraoral instruments should be removed from the air and waterlines of dental units, cleaned, and heat-sterilized between patients. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, lubrication, and sterilization. Do not surface-disinfect, submerge in liquid chemical sterilants, or barrier-protect these instruments because these methods cannot adequately clean, disinfect, or sterilize the internal components.

These instruments include, but are not limited to, high-speed, low-speed, electric, endodontic, and surgical handpieces, as well as all handpiece motors and attachments such as reusable prophylaxis angles, nosecones, and contra-angles.  2

Resources

1)     US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infection Prevention & Control Guidelines & Recommendations   http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/guidelines/index.htm   Accessed on October 11, 2016.

2)     US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dental Handpieces and Other Devices Attached to Air and Waterlines.  http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/questions/dental-handpieces.html   Accessed on October 11, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

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