MANAGE YOUR RISK
There are approximately 10,000 registered dental practices across Australia and New Zealand. Regulatory requirements* state that dental practitioners must practice in a way that maintains and enhances public health and safety by minimising or preventing the risk of the spread of infectious diseases.
This includes not just having the procedures in place, but ensuring they are being undertaken correctly and effectively by having a Quality Assurance Program in place.
* This pertains to AS/NZS 4187:2014, AS/NZS 4815:2006, ADA Guidelines for Infection Control (Third Edition), DCNZ Infection Prevention and Control Practice Standard, NZDA Code of Practice (as applicable).
Auditing of your Infection Prevention & Control Policies and Procedures should be undertaken as part of your Quality Assurance Program regularly. Being faced with managing an infection control breach can be costly to the practice, preventing a breach from occurring is not.
AN AUDIT CONSIDERS:
- Documentation and Record Keeping
- Testing and Monitoring
- Hand Hygiene behaviours
- Reprocessing procedures and sterilisation area
- Treatment room workflow
- Management of waste and sharps