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How can infection control be incorporated into the office design?
When designing an office, keep in mind six main considerations for the safety of patients and workers: (1) office flow; (2) cabinetry; (3) laminate, wall, and floor coverings; (4) fixtures, dispensers, and waste drops; (5) support equipment; and (6) ventilation.
Office flow should expedite moving from one area to another with minimal cross-contamination. In cabinetry, the number of drawers and their contents should be minimized to ease clean-up and reduce possible cross-contamination. Drawers should also be no less than five (5) inches deep to accommodate support instruments. Laminates, wall, and floor coverings allow cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces. Fixtures, dispensers, and waste drops should require minimal hand contact to maximize the effectiveness of infection control. Support equipment should be positioned strategically with operator ease, comfort, and team safety in mind. Finally, work areas must have positive ventilation to rid area of noxious vapors(*).
(*) Pollock R, Young, J. Infection control considerations in dental office design. Cottone JA, Terezhalmy GT, Molinari JA, eds. Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, 2nd ed. Philadelphia:Williams and Wilkins, 1996:281.