Hygiene and asepsis

The equipment

The care team

The medical team of the clinic of dental surgery and implantology is composed of qualified staff trained in the most advanced rules of hygiene. Every member of the care team wears professional clothing along with protective glasses, masks, caps and single-use gloves as well as overshoes.

The duty doctor periodically inspects the staff.

 

The clinic has two sterilisation laboratories:

  • one laboratory for conventional and aesthetic treatments
  • one laboratory specially dedicated to surgery with hospital standards.

The hardware consists of:

  • Two sterilisers (class B autoclaves with a prion destroying cycle)
  • A thermal disinfector (instrument washer)
  • Three decontamination tanks
  • Two ultrasound decontamination tanks
  • One instrument drying tank
  • Two welders for sealing instruments into packets.

After every patient

To avoid all risk of cross-contamination (ie, from one patient to another):

All affected surfaces are decontaminated with disinfectant wipes (chair, seats, work surfaces, drawer handles, dental lights, spit basins).

All single-use dental supplies are discarded (needles, cups, saliva pumps, gloves, etc.).

Sterilisable instruments such as mirrors, probes, plates, scissors, scrapers, spatulas, etc., undergo an unchangeable cycle:

  1. Immediate decontamination by soaking in a disinfectant liquid (quaternary ammonium and hydroalcoholic gel) to hospital standards
  2. An instrument washer in the thermal disinfector
  3. An instrument dryer
  4. Sealing in a blister pack for protection, isolation and sterilisation under pressure.

Thus, there is a packet of sterile instruments for each new patient. Each packet is opened in front of the patient. The clinic has a sufficient quantity of instruments in rotation to guarantee continuity of quality, respect for hygiene and asepsis during treatment.

Instrument sterilisation is checked by means of a sterilisation test and tracking sheets.

What is tracking?
It is the ability to follow a product from its design to its end use.

How do you ensure tracking?
In each patient’s medical notes we keep the reference number and batch number of every sterile single-use product intended for that particular patient. This applies to, for example, the implants inserted, insertion tools, sutures, surgical supplies, single-use drill bits, etc.

Each sterilisation cycle and its procedure is also tracked.

For dental prostheses, which are all made in France, our prosthetists provide a detailed file showing the date of fabrication, the materials used, the code identifying each patient and the type of prosthesis made.

Waste removal
Compresses, needles, amalgam debris, bloody waste… are collected and incinerated by a company specialised in collecting medical waste.