and students will not eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or lip balm
or handle contact lenses in the work areas where there is potential
for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
No dishes will be
washed or stored in the same area where contaminated instruments or
equipment is scrubbed.
No food or drink
will be stored in the same refrigerator, freezer, shelves, etc.
where there is potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
This clinic uses
incremental doses of anesthesia; therefore, recapping of needles is
necessary. In order to prevent a needlestick injury, this clinic
uses the one-handed slide method or a re-sheathing device to recap.
requiring bending will be done mechanically with a device, i.e.,
pliers, hemostats, etc.
Staff, Faculty and Student Tasks Requiring PPE
personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, eyewear, and gowns or
labcoats) will be worn while performing tasks/procedures involving
contamination with blood or other potentially harmful fluids.
Persons involved with contaminated substances will be trained and
offered the Hepatitis vaccine before beginning such tasks/procedures
patient contact involving dental procedures- gloves, masks, eyewear
and protective clothing if appropriate for the task..
cleaning, processing and sterilization of contaminated
instrumentsgloves, masks, eyewear, & protective clothing.
operatories before and after patient treatment-gloves, masks, &
including trimming models and polishing prosthesis-gloves, masks, &
CPR-pocket mask and gloves,
central suction-gloves, masks, & eyewear.
signs & hot pad.
Removal of Gloves
is completed whereby contamination to the exposed hands is
prevented, i.e., the right hand pinches the glove near the edge of
the left glove and draws it down to expose the inside. Now the left
hand pinches the glove of the right hand and draws it off turning it
completely inside out. Place this glove in the palm of the left
hand. Make a fist and peel the glove down over the top of the fist,
making a ball or packet of gloves. They are now ready to be
discarded. Hands are always washed after removing gloves.
Infection control should occur
as a routine component of every dental procedure; however,
keeping current with new infection control products and
techniques will require diligent reading, studying and
evaluation as new advances are made.