Articles

  • ultrasonic cleaner internal
    October 9, 2019

    Amazing Ultrasonic Cleaner Part 2

    I received a call one morning from a dental practice with a concern about their bench top ultrasonic cleaner. Their ultrasonic cleaner had failed its morning performance test and they wanted to know what they should now do. They had run the test twice and it had failed both times.

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  • how the rubber glove was invented
    September 25, 2019

    How the Rubber Glove Was Invented

    How the Rubber Glove Was Invented - a dive into the history behind the rubber glove that has become integral to infection control.

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  • update on as/nzs 4187 and as/nzs 4815
    June 2, 2019

    Update on AS/NZS 4187 and AS/NZS 4815

    Back in May 2018, I wrote about the proposal to develop one new standard (and withdraw the current AS/NSZ 4187 and AS/NZS 4815). The Australian Dental Association drafted a project proposal and it has been accepted by Standards Australia.

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  • revised cdna guidelines
    May 10, 2019

    New CDNA Guidelines

    There have been some positive changes made to the latest edition (2018) of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia’s Australian National Guidelines for the management of healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses and healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses.

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  • ultrasonic cleaner
    April 18, 2019

    Amazing Ultrasonic Cleaner Part 1

    A friend’s daughter recently began her dental journey as a Dental Assistant. In her first week, she spoke of the intense learning curve surrounding infection control in a Dental Practice. As she became more familiar with all the required processes involved for the practice to remain regulated, her loudest comment was all about cleaning the dental instruments.

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  • dental sterilisation procedures
    March 3, 2019

    Autoclaves (now called Sterilisers)

    All dental practices have a legal responsibility to ensure the risk of spreading infectious diseases is prevented or minimised. The Dental Board of Australia set a number of industry guidelines, in particular, every practice must have a customised infection control manual.

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