Tips on Keeping Your Clinic Clean and Safe

In a healthcare environment keeping your dental clinic clean and sanitized is always a top priority. There are systems and strategies that can be used to ensure your team and patients have the safest and best experience in your clinic. No matter what your position is within the dental clinic, everyone on the team should share responsibility to help maintain a clean and safe environment for the benefit of all.

High Touch Areas

Always monitor high touch areas that should be regularly disinfected. Visible debris should be disposed of safely and washing down the entire area with an approved disinfectant should be done on a set schedule. High touch areas in the general clinic include, but are not limited to, transaction surfaces, light switches, drawer handles, cabinet and door handles, as well as faucets and sinks.

Washroom

Inevitably there will be high traffic in the washroom with many patients and staff members going in and out. The condition of the washroom is always a reflection of the rest of the clinic. Maintaining a clean and fully stocked washroom in your clinic will show patients that you have not overlooked the importance of keeping the washroom clean and tidy.

Reception Area

The reception area of your clinic is the first impression your patients will have of your clinic. It is critical that it is kept clean and well organized. This includes keeping clutter under control and keeping all surfaces visibly clean. There should be clearly defined intervals in which the highest touch items are disinfected. Some examples are waiting room chairs, pens, debit machines and transaction surface of desk.

Disinfection & Sterilization Procedures

One of the most crucial steps to take in developing your disinfection and sterilization procedures in your clinic is to make sure they are understood by your team and meet your associations standards. These research-based standards are there to use as a guide so that your team and patients will be kept safe. Following these procedures will significantly reduce the risk of cross-contamination and infections.

Havin pro-active cleaning and disinfecting practices that you implement at your clinic will go a long way to maintaining a positive reputation both with patients and valued team members. If you want to go the extra mile consider hiring a professional cleaning team who can sanitize all the key traffic areas as well as performing the regular cleaning tasks. By always presenting a clean and well-organized clinic, you can ensure your patients have the best experience possible at your dental clinic, and ensure their safety.

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Automated Sterilization Monitoring

Dental clinics who have become early adopters of automated sterilization monitoring systems, are being recognized as clinics who are ahead of the curve. The latest technology does require a significant initial investment but the results are more accurate results and a decrease in the risk of spreading infectious diseases.

In Canada, there have been reports of a patient coming in contact with an infectious disease after visiting a dental clinic. Although this is rare, the problem usually steams from improper labeling of sterilization of their tools. Ontario has been a forerunner in the revision of the Infection Prevention and Control checklist for dental clinics. This checklist was updated in 2019 and gives guidelines for the reprocessing of dental/medical equipment and devices. It is important as a clinic to stay up to date on the ever-evolving regulations so that you do not unintentionally fail to comply.

One of the most important steps on the checklist is the record keeping of the sterilization of dental instruments and devices. A log of sterilization should be maintained and reviewed on a regular basis. Although there is no specific guideline on how this is to be done there are a lot of advantages of streamlining the process by using technology to help your clinic maintain accurate and organized results.

When records are manually being kept, there is room for human error as well as environmental error. For example, manual labeling can be time consuming and requires an entry into a separate log where mistakes can happen.

In conclusion, there are clear guidelines for dental clinics across Canada to follow, they change slightly from province to province but generally are the same across the country. There is always risk of human error but automating the system of sterilization monitoring can significantly reduce the chance of error, which in turn, will decrease the risk of any liability for the dental clinic. There is an initial investment in the technology, however, it will considerably reduce the risk of spreading any infectious diseases for your patients. Along with this, it will save staff time and increase compliance by streamlining the process.

If you are interested in automating your sterilization monitoring, there is no better time than now. If you have any questions, you can reach out to our knowledge team by calling 800-665-7302 or by emailing sales@central-dental.ca.

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