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Sterilization of instruments

I recently accepted a position at an office who runs their instruments through the autoclave unbagged. Once the cycle is complete the instruments are put in a drawer. They are finally placed in a sealed autoclave bag when kits are being distributed.

I think this is a huge infection control issue and mentioned it to the office manager. What should I say to the dentist to make sure this situation changes?



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I suggest researching the dental magazine websites, CDC, OSHA etc…. Print the research that will show why it’s is not correct to sterilize unbagged instruments that aren’t for immediate use. Have all the documents to back up your complaint. We have a consultant come into the office yearly to update all our OSHA requirements, MSDS labels etc… We have a drawer that we store all of our extraction/surgery instruments that we rarely use……we are not to open that drawer to disrupt the bagged instruments. The bags are dated and we have to re-bag and re-sterilize all those instruments every six months whether we use them or not. How’s that for safety?!! So, all instruments should be bagged and not open until you start your procedure on the patient.

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I just finished a sterilization CE a couple of weeks ago. Instruments should definitely be bagged before going in the autoclave. Like Hygenius suggested, I would find research, CE’s, etc. to back your argument. I took an online CE course one time and printed pages from the CE that provided valuable info for my office — I highlighted specific portions that applied to questions some of our staff had.

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Could it be possible to suggest a CE course dealing with infection control? Why would they do it this way?

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