Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) refers to evidence-based practices and procedures that, when applied consistently in health care settings, can prevent or reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms to health care providers, clients, patients, residents and visitors. IPAC is commonly referred to as infection control.
Infection control protocols are everchanging in the dental industry. It is important to be aware of the latest updates so that you and your staff can be implementing them accurately. It is recommended at least one member of your team is designated as the infection control coordinator. Their responsibly would be to know the latest and best practices in infection control.
Even with an infection control coordinator, everyone who is involved in your clinic must take infection control seriously to ensure the overall success of your plan. Start with the basics, wear appropriate PPE at all times and be sure proper disinfectant is always available to staff so that surfaces and tools can be kept clean at all times. Sterilization protocol and continuous monitoring of your equipment is essential. Be sure to lead by example and trust your infection control coordinator will keep you in the loop about any changes to protocol.
Investing in infection control will ensure the safety of your patients and staff and go a long way in building a good reputation for you and your clinic. Find a reliable resource that you can depend on to ensure you have the latest protocols. Often, they can be found from your local/federal government or a membership organization depending on where you are located. Neosource strives to be a trusted resource for your infection control needs.
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