Make your infection control more efficient

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  Posted by: The Probe      19th August 2021

 In modern dentistry, the value of time cannot be overstated. After all, with the pressure of busy patient lists and the necessity to always provide an exceptional level of patient care, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and like there isn’t enough time in the day to achieve everything that needs to be done.

In fact, when looking at research that examined the high levels of stress in the dental industry, one aspect that is routinely mentioned by dentists is the organisational and service pressures they face and the fear of not being able to juggle everything effectively.[i] This suggests that time plays an important factor on stress levels.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that infection control is now more important than ever before. However, with increased focus on this area, more time has to be dedicated to ensuring that standards remain exceptional, potentially taking time away from other areas.

So, what can you do to streamline infection control and reclaim this time? One key way is to look at the infection control systems you’re currently using in practice and see if there are any ways to maximise efficiency.

The benefits of bigger

Sometimes it only takes a simple change to make a big difference to your current infection control capabilities. The size of your autoclave, for example, can massively impact the infection control process.

Larger systems will be able to hold more instruments, meaning that even during very busy periods in practice, you can effectively keep on top of demand. It especially helps if you choose a system that an has inbuilt feature such as rapid cycles, or one that can adapt the drying cycles to how many instruments are loaded inside. These help to minimise the time spent on ensuring instruments are effectively disinfected and that they are ready to use as soon as possible without compromising the standard of disinfection.

This also helps to reduce downtime, meaning that you can spend longer concentrating on other areas of the infection control procedures in practice, such as ensuring all surfaces are properly treated to limit cross-contamination.

A better use of labour

Operating an autoclave regularly can take considerable labour. There not only has to be someone available to load and unload the system, but the instruments will need to be sorted and correctly prepared for re-use.

A large capacity autoclave helps to reduce the strain on your team in a number of ways. First of all, the bigger size means that it doesn’t need to be run as regularly, which results in less labour being required to keep on top of operating procedures. As a result, you and your team can spread your time more evenly among other concerns, whether that’s forming a better rapport with patients or having the freedom of not feeling rushed while discussing treatment plans and other aspects.

This approach can help to boost your relationship with your patients, meaning that you are not only keeping them safe through a high standard of infection control, but also giving them the extra attention that they require to ensure they are receiving a personal, approachable service.

Find a system that’s versatile to your needs

One aspect of modern dentistry you can always count on is that every day will present new challenges. Due to this unpredictability, it’s a smart idea to invest in systems that can adapt to your current and future demands, whatever these may be.

For example, the new Little Sister SES 3020B 23 litre autoclave from Eschmann has been specifically designed for professionals who need a versatile, reliable infection control solution. With a large 23-litre capacity, the system is able to process up to 6kg of instruments as well as instruments up to 370mm in length using the long instrument tray. Despite this impressive capacity, the system can still comfortably fit on standard sized work surfaces, making it a compact and efficient option.

The Little Sister SES 3020B also offers professionals a choice between ‘B’ type vacuum or ‘N’ type non-vacuum cycles with selectable drying. The selectable drying is optimised for the weight of the instrument load meaning that the system effectively adapts to your needs with every cycle, especially when you bear in mind further features such as a dedicated handpiece cycle and specific sterilisation and drying cycles for implant kit processing. 

Transform your infection control for the better

The stresses of modern dentistry can feel overwhelming, but when it comes to infection control, this doesn’t have to be the case. By investing in a system that can adapt to your demands, process more instruments due to a larger capacity and offer you a reliable, efficient standard of infection control, you can reclaim some of this time and streamline your daily workflows.

 

For more information on the highly effective and affordable range of decontamination equipment and products from Eschmann, please visit www.eschmann.co.uk or call 01903 875787

 

[i] BDA. Managing Stress In Dentistry. Link: https://bda.org/stress#:~:text=More%20than%20half%20of%20dentists,fear%20of%20litigation%20from%20patients. [Last accessed May 21].


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