Ensure your air compressor is safe and sterile with DentalAir
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, infection control has become a hot topic across all industries, especially those on the front line, and dentistry is no different.
In most settings the focus is primarily about disinfecting surfaces because surface colonisation is one of the most common ways for diseases to spread. If an infected person coughs or sneezes into their hands and then touches any surface pathogens will spread and survive there.
Viruses and bacteria can survive, remain infectious, and even continue to multiply on surfaces for a long time. For example, COVID-19 is able to survive on a wide range of surfaces for significant amounts of time. Although this can vary it is estimated that the virus survives at least 24 hours on the majority of surfaces. It can remain infectious for up to three days on materials such as plastic and stainless steel .
This makes it absolutely essential that surface cleaning is properly undertaken in practice. This means following government guidelines and all infection control protocols, as well as using the appropriate cleaning products. But what about other modes of disease transmission?
Direct contact is an extremely effective way for illnesses to spread. Anything from a hug or a handshake to a kiss could transmit pathogens from the skin or mouth of an infected person directly to that of another which is what PPE and social distancing are all about. But what about airborne transmission?
When someone sneezes or coughs, they expel respiratory droplets as a fine infectious haze that can remain suspended in the air for up to three hours at a time. Illnesses spread this way include COVID-19, and influenza. Bearing this in mind it’s worth considering ways to keep the air in your practice as clean and sterile as possible.
Airborne disinfectants are well worth considering, but you should also ensure that your air compressor is providing sterile air, especially as this air is used directly in treatment. We at DentalAir are on hand to help ensure your air compressor provides sterile, safe-to-use air for your practice.
Whether you want to keep your existing air compressor model or upgrade to a new one, DentalAir has a breakdown and maintenance policy suitable for you that will provide not only secure breakdown cover, but also air quality checks, regular maintenance and more.
Surface cleaning and other infection control protocols are going to remain vital, but you can help lower the risk of disease transmission by contacting the DentalAir team and ensuring that your air compressor is safe and sterile too.
1] UK Research and Innovation. How Long Can Coronavirus Survive Outside the Human Body? Link: https://coronavirusexplained.ukri.org/en/article/pub0008/ [Last accessed November20].