Sterilization equipment

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Sterilization equipment

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Laboratory coat

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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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Disposable (pictured) or cloth (cloth gowns must be made of polyester and cotton in accordance with state and federal regulations)
Cuffed long sleeves
Closure at neckline
Moisture resistant (against contamination by liquids)
Many styles available

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All protective clothing should be removed before leaving the workplace.
Follow state regulations for standard precautions.

 

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

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Protective mask

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To protect against chemicals, airborne pathogens, bacteria, and viruses during processing of instruments for sterilization
To protect against airborne pathogens, bacteria, and viruses and against scrap-filling material during all phases of patient treatment

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Dome shaped or flat

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Protective Mask must cover nose and mouth.
Protective Mask must be worn during dental procedures with a patient and during any exposure to dental material that is airborne.

 

imageProtective Mask should be disposed of in the garbage. A new mask must be used with each patient. Single use only.

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Photo courtesy Crosstex, Hauppauge, NY.

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Protective glasses/eye wear

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To protect against chemicals, airborne pathogens, bacteria, and viruses during processing of instruments for sterilization
To protect against airborne pathogens, bacteria, and viruses during patient care and against scrap-filling material during restorative and rinsing phases of patient treatment

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Extend to sides, top, and bottom of eyes for complete protection
Variety of styles available—Some styles are larger to fit over prescription glasses

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Facial shields available for eye protection (mask must be worn).
Protective Glasses must be worn during dental procedures with a patient and during any exposure to dental material that is airborne.

 

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

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Examination gloves

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To wear during patient care
To wear as a protective barrier
To wear during treatment room disinfection

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Latex, nitrile, or vinyl
Nonsterile gloves worn for most dental procedures; sterile gloves may be worn for surgical procedures
Various sizes available

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

 

imageExamination Gloves must be disposed of in the garbage. Single use only.

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Overgloves

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To wear over examination gloves when it is necessary to touch a surface
To wear as a protective barrier over contaminated examination gloves so as not to cross-contaminate

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Lightweight clear gloves
Not to be worn for dental procedures
Various sizes available

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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.

 

imageOvergloves must be disposed of in the garbage. Single use only.

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Photo courtesy Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC, Chicago, IL.

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Nitrile utility gloves

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To protect hands during processing of instruments for sterilization procedures
To wear for preparation and handling of chemicals
To disinfect operatory
To transport cartridges or tray setups to sterilization area

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Chemical resistant
Puncture resistant
Ribbed for nonslip grip
Range of sizes and colors
Refer to state regulations on when utility gloves should be worn

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

 

imageNitrile 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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Photo courtesy Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC, Chicago, IL.

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Feb 3, 2015 | Posted by in Dental Hygiene | Comments Off on Sterilization equipment
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