18. Sterilization Equipment

Sterilization Equipment

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image Laboratory Coat

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Function ent

To protect clothing, surgical scrubs, and skin during patient care and sterilization process to prevent contamination from blood and body substances

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image Dispose of lab coat in garbage at the end of the day. If lab coat becomes visibly soiled during the work day, change to a new lab coat. Cloth lab coats must be laundered each day.

image Protective Mask

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Dome shaped or flat

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image Protective Mask should be disposed of in the garbage. A new mask must be used with each patient.

image Protective Glasses/Eye Wear

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image Glasses are disinfected between patients according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.

image Examination Gloves

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Practice Notes ent

Examination Gloves are single use only. Wash hands prior to putting on gloves and after removing gloves. Must change if leaving patient care, or use overgloves (refer to page 564). Replace worn or torn gloves immediately. If procedure is long, change gloves every hour. Gloves must go over cuff of lab coat.

image Examination Gloves must be disposed of in the garbage.

image Overgloves

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Practice Notes ent

New set of overgloves must be used for each patient. Keep overgloves in an uncontaminated area of the treatment room. Must be careful to not contaminate outside of overgloves when putting on over examination gloves.

image Overgloves must be disposed of in the garbage.

image Nitrile Utility Gloves

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Nitrile Utility Gloves should be kept in sterilization area of office.

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image Nitrile Utility Gloves are disinfected after each use. Sterilize according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, and refer to local and state regulations.

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Jan 8, 2015 | Posted by in Dental Nursing and Assisting | Comments Off on 18. Sterilization Equipment
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