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Infection control while taking X-rays

I was hoping someone could help with me a situation that happened earlier today. I brought my patient back for their hygiene appointment and they needed X-rays updated. I sat the patient in the X-ray chair, put the apron on, and assembled the X-ray xcp and placed a covering over the X-ray sensor (I had gloves on when I did this) I then began to take 4 bitewings for the patient. Before I was done, she stopped me and told me that I was not establishing proper infection control protocol and said I should be changing my gloves after each X-ray (so essentially place X-ray, hit button, de glove, put on another glove, take new X-ray, and so on and so on) I explained to her that we thoroughly make sure that we sterilize all instruments we use, I use barriers, I cavicide everything, and use new gloves for the every patient. Needless to say it was embarrassing. Am I doing something wrong? Should I be changing my gloves after every X-ray? I’ve never had a patient bring that to my attention before. Any advice would help. Thanks.

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I’ve run into similar situations and have assured the pt how everything is sterile, etc. Be careful to not insult them and take the time to accurately and politely to answer the question, even if you feel insulted yourself. Our patients are still consumers and have every right to ask us these questions. When taking xrays, as long as you have gloves on and have a barrier on the xray button, you are good. Even in school we practiced this way. Good luck!

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