W&H (UK)'s Kate Scheer says "Don’t be let down by your dental decontamination equipment"
The decontamination equipment you choose can make all the difference to your infection prevention and control standards. Only by making an informed decision and investing in quality, reliable products will you be able to ensure consistent sterility and provide a safe, compliant environment for both patients and staff.
The first step on the pathway to decontamination success is to consider the type of equipment that you’re using. As it stands, the use of a thermo washer disinfector is regarded as best practice for disinfection before sterilisation, as the technology ensures a reproducible, validated, medically effective washing process that will always guarantee the optimal removal of harmful proteins and decontaminants. All accredited washer disinfectors are manufactured for purpose and use very high water flow rates at high pressure to clean and disinfect instruments thoroughly.
There’s also your steriliser to think of. Now, as you know saturated steam under pressure delivered at a high temperature is the recommended method for the sterilisation of most instruments in the dental setting, but there are three types of steam sterilisers available so it’s important to weigh up your options. The first is Type N, a non-vacuum steriliser designed for non-wrapped solid instruments and there are two vacuum autoclaves – Type B, which can reprocess load types such as hollow, air-retentive and packaged loads, and Type S, which is only compatible with specific load types from certain manufacturers. Of all three, Type B sterilisers are generally considered to produce the best results.
Of course, there are other factors to consider when purchasing an autoclave, so to ensure you find the right one you need to ask, what is the cycle time? What is the load size? Is the autoclave easy to operate? Is it from a reliable manufacturer?
Choosing a company like W&H that offers a comprehensive, turnkey service alongside complete solutions will ensure standards are maintained and compliance is achieved. As well as products like the ThermoKlenz washer disinfector and new Assistina TWIN handpiece care and maintenance device, W&H manufactures a range of sterilisers including the market-leading Lisa steriliser. Lisa is a high-performance and easy to use autoclave with a B cycle of just 30 minutes for a load of 2kg, full traceability and Real Time Remote Monitoring.
You need to know that you won’t be let down by your decontamination equipment, but with high-quality solutions from a reliable manufacturer you can rest assured that your practice will remain fully compliant.