Infection Control At Banasree Dental & Implant Center.
Various Levels Of Sterilization and Disinfection procedures that are followed at Dental Care Center For Complete Protection Of Patients and Staff
Instruments fall in these categories
- "Critical instruments" are surgical and other instruments used to penetrate soft tissue or bone.
- "Semi-critical instruments" are surgical and other instruments that are not used to penetrate soft tissue or bone, but contact oral tissue.
- "Non-critical instruments and devices" are instruments and devices that contact intact skin.
In order to keep our patients and staff safe all instruments are sterilized according to the category to which they belong
Level I : All used Instruments are thoroughly cleaned manually using Spirit Swabs to get rid of attached debris.
Level II: Instruments are thereafter soaked in an DIGITAL ULTRASONIC CLEANER with ENZYMATIC ultrasonic disinfectant liquid. In this the instruments are subjected to (ultrasound from 150-400 kHz) ultrasonic waves in the fluid. This creates compression waves in the liquid of the tank which 'tear' the liquid apart, leaving behind many millions of microscopic 'voids' or 'partial vacuum bubbles' (cavitation). These bubbles collapse with enormous energy; temperatures of 10,000 K and pressures of 50,000 lbs per square inch. These cavitation bubbles penetrate blind holes, cracks, and recesses and thoroughly remove tightly adhering or embedded particles from solid surfaces.
Level III : These clean instruments are then immersed in 5% Korsolex sterilizing solution for 45 minutes for standard disinfection.
Level IV : Dried instruments are thereafter Packed in sterilization pouches and sterilized using an Autoclave. This a high pressured steam chamber where instruments are placed at a specified temperature to kill all the micro organisms including their spores.
Level V : Sterile instruments are kept in UV chambers till required by the staff.
Level VI : Certain instruments like burs are sterilized in Glass Bead sterilizer.