Hygiene, from theory to practice.
To do their daily job, those in charge of hygiene matters at the dental practice have to know all about the prevention of infections and reprocessing of instruments. Still, the implementation of this theoretical knowledge is not always entirely without doubts. There are some questions that we get asked time and time again, which is why we would like to clarify them right here.
Why is the reprocessing procedure of treatment instruments of such great importance?
Correct instrument management is one of the most complicated hygienic aspects. Proper reprocessing is of the essence because the instruments come in direct contact with patients and users alike. The instruments are assigned to different risk classes according to their intended use. Depending on the device class, different requirements have to be observed during reprocessing. Due to their structured surface, rotary diamond instruments are for example harder to clean than smooth manual curettes.
Which instruments require specific hygiene measures?
Instruments with cooling perforations, for example sonic and ultrasonic tips, need special attention during reprocessing. Inadequate reprocessing can lead to residues building up in the cooling perforation which might alter the spray jet or cause corrosion of the instrument. Most devices intended for cleaning and disinfecting instruments for use in contra-angles, hand-pieces and turbines do a very good job, but special inserts are required for reprocessing sonic and ultrasonic tips.
How do I clean sonic and ultrasonic tips correctly?
The rinse adapters SF 1977/L and SF 1978/L are special adapters for washer/disinfectors. They ensure that the inner perforations of these instruments are cleaned properly. To effectively clean the inside of the tip, these adapters are simply screwed onto the silicone plugs of the injector bar of the washer/disinfector.