Infection control procedures at a dental practice should be one of your biggest concerns when selecting a dental practitioner. The Australian Government has clear guidelines on what dentists should be doing to protect you and your family.
At Civic Plaza Dental Care we take the safety of our patients and our staff very seriously, that is why we have developed an Infection Control Manual which our staff must follow at all times, to:
- Ensure that standards for infection control and hygiene are met,
- Promote a safe work environment, free of health hazards,
- Protect staff and patients,
- Prevent the spread of infectious diseases,
- Ensure that all instruments used on patients are sterile, and
- Non-sterile and sterile instruments are kept separated at all times.
The contents of this Manual were built based on the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards for Dental practices and Services, of the Australian Government. These Standards, set up the requirements that a dental practice should follow to “protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health service provision”.
In addition to our Infection Control Manual, we utilize the latest technology in sterilization for dentistry to ensure that instruments are not contaminated, are sterile and ready to be used on patients.
About the Sterilisation process at Civic Plaza Dental Care
Instruments that are contaminated are:
- Pre-cleaned using an Ultrasonic Cleaner and instrument grade cleaning product;
- Packaged and identified through a bar code.
- Steam sterilised in an Autoclave, and
- Safely stored away from contaminated instruments and areas.
In addition, sterilisation records are kept for 7 years.
If you’d like to know more about our sterilisation or infection control processes please ask Dr Pedro Gonzalez, or one of our friendly staff during your next visit!