| FAQ - Miscellaneous - 2015
During a Boil-water advisory, is it acceptable to use water if it has been boiled for 1 minute?
The following information can be found on the CDC website:
Actions to Take While a Boil-Water Advisory is in Effect
· Water should not be delivered to patients through the dental unit, ultrasonic scaler, or other dental equipment that uses the public water system. This restriction does not apply if the water source is isolated from the municipal water system (e.g., a separate water reservoir or other water treatment device cleared for marketing by FDA).
· Patients should rinse with bottled or distilled water until the boil-water advisory has been cancelled. During these advisory periods, tap water should not be used to dilute germicides or for hand hygiene unless the water has been brought to a rolling boil for >1 minute and cooled before use.1 - 2
· For hand hygiene, antimicrobial products that do not require water (e.g., alcohol-based hand rubs) can be used until the boil-water notice is cancelled. If hands are visibly contaminated, bottled water and soap should be used for handwashing; if bottled water is not immediately available, an antiseptic towelette should be used. 2
1) Kohn WG, Collins AS, Cleveland JL, Harte JA, Eklund KJ, Malvitz DM, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings—2003. MMWR Recomm Rep 2003;52(RR-17):1-61. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5217a1.htm Accessed on August 10, 2015.
2) US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Boil-Water Advisories and the Dental Office. http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/infectioncontrol/factsheets/
boilwater.htm Accessed on August 11, 2015.