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Infection Control And Management Of Hazardous Materials For The Dental Team, 5e 5th (fifth) Edition By Miller BA MS PhD, Chris H., Palenik MS PhD MBA, Charles Published By Mosby (2013) Book Pdf


Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team




This article is based on the book Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team, 5e 5th (fifth) Edition by Miller BA MS PhD, Chris H., Palenik MS PhD MBA, Charles published by Mosby (2013). The book is a comprehensive resource for dental professionals who want to learn about infection prevention and safety in the dental office. The book covers topics such as microbiology, asepsis, sterilization, disinfection, waste management, occupational health, and regulatory compliance. The book also provides step-by-step instructions for performing infection control procedures and using the equipment and supplies needed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.


Why is infection control important for dental professionals?




Infection control is important for dental professionals because they are exposed to various microorganisms that can cause diseases in themselves and their patients. Some of these microorganisms include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Some examples of diseases that can be transmitted in the dental setting are hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, herpes simplex, influenza, and COVID-19. Infection control helps to protect dental professionals and patients from these diseases by breaking the chain of infection and preventing cross-contamination.


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What are the basic principles of infection control?




The basic principles of infection control are based on the concept of standard precautions. Standard precautions are a set of guidelines that apply to all patients regardless of their infection status or diagnosis. Standard precautions include the following elements:



  • Hand hygiene: Washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rubs before and after patient contact, after removing gloves, and whenever hands are visibly soiled.



  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): Wearing appropriate PPE such as gloves, masks, eye protection, and gowns to prevent exposure to blood and body fluids.



  • Sharps safety: Using engineering controls such as safety needles and syringes, disposing of sharps in puncture-resistant containers, and reporting any sharps injuries immediately.



  • Instrument processing: Cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing, and storing instruments according to manufacturer's instructions and infection control protocols.



  • Environmental asepsis: Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and equipment that come in contact with patients or contaminated materials.



  • Dental unit waterlines: Maintaining water quality and preventing biofilm formation in dental unit waterlines by using filters, chemical agents, or self-contained water systems.



  • Dental radiography: Using digital radiography or barrier envelopes to prevent contamination of film packets and sensors.



  • Waste management: Segregating, labeling, storing, transporting, and disposing of waste according to local regulations and guidelines.




How can I learn more about infection control?




If you want to learn more about infection control and management of hazardous materials for the dental team, you can read the book [Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team] by Miller BA MS PhD, Chris H., Palenik MS PhD MBA, Charles published by Mosby (2013). You can also visit the websites of [Elsevier] and [Shop Elsevier] to purchase the digital or print format of the book. You can also find other resources such as practice exercises, review questions, quizzes, case scenarios, and appendices on the Evolve companion website for the book.


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