by Andrea Cook
Understanding and compliance with the CDC guidelines is a challenge for today’s busy practice. The statement below should remind us all of how important this is and the impact non-compliance can have:
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld the suspension of a dentist who failed to conduct and record weekly spore testing, which is a method of sterilizing dental instruments.
“Spore testing” involves placing a test strip (or vial) containing spore bacteria in a sterilizer, removing the test strip and allowing it to incubate, and then comparing the results to those for a “control” strip containing the same bacteria but that is not placed in the sterilizer.
Part of my sterilization and clinical consulting is helping offices get as close to compliance as possible. I would like to share a few reminders for you to help you with this challenge.
All sterilizers must be tested on a weekly basis
Results must be recorded and kept in the office
Storage of unwrapped sterilized instruments
Single use/disposable items
Your state may have additional regulations that you must comply with.
Often non-compliance is due to staff turnover and new team members not being fully trained--employees are simply not aware. To help protect yourself, make sure each new team member is fully trained in PPE, OSHA compliance as well as the CDC guidelines as part of their new employee training process.
About the Author
Andrea Cook’s in-office, hands-on training is based on knowledge gained through 20 years of chair side experience. She is a clinical consultant and trainer for premier orthodontic offices across the country. Contact Andrea at Andrea Cook Consulting.