Quest 3- Tamara the Dental Clinical Manager!
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How to Sterilize Dental Instruments Using an AutoClave and UltraSonic - YouTube

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The sterilization of instruments in the dental workplace is perhaps one of the most important procedures there. As without having sterilized instruments it would not be a safe or sterile workplace. This video shows the correct and safe way of sterilizing instruments using an ultrasonic and autoclave. This is the same procedure used at Icon Dental Group, as myself being a dental nurse and actually using this procedure every day when at work I can say it is very effect, safe and diligent. Tamara trains us to sterilize the instruments in only the best way possible. As shown in this video, first the instruments are scrubbed to remove any blood and particles that are on it. This procedure is done wearing gloves to avoid contamination, they are then placed in the autoclave and it is turned on to begin the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments. Once the autoclave is finished a new set of gloves is put on, this is so that the now semi clean instruments are not dirtied with contaminated instruments. The instruments are taken out of the autoclave, given a rinse under water to remove anything that could still be just sitting on them and they are then dried and bagged into sterilization pouches. The sterilization pouches are then placed on trays inside the autoclave and once the autoclave is full it is turned on and the sterilization of the instruments begins. Once the autoclave is finished the instruments can only be touched by clean and sterile hands and can only be placed in clean and sterile areas this is done to avoid contamination to the now sterile instruments. Tamara, her staff and myself all agree that this is a very effective method of sterilization and we all believe it works greatly in our workplace as sterilization can be such a high risk and hazard it has to be done in the best way possible.

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CDC - Personal Protective Equipment - FAQs - Infection Control in Dental Settings - Oral Health

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A very educational site which goes into direct and clear detail about the mandatory safety equipment which must be worn by dental assistants and dentists whilst at work. It explains when the equipment needs to be worn and the correct manner of wearing it. This site would be beneficial for Tamara and her staff at Icon Dental Group as everyday they run the risk of intercepting germs which could potentially be harmful. Cross contamination from patients to staff is something that could be very easy to happen, but when Tamara and her staff are well educated and trained they minimize the risk of this infection to them selves from patients by a huge amount. The wearing of safety glasses prevents any saliva or blood from entering the dental assistants blood stream through the eye, the wearing of face masks prevents any blood or saliva entering the dental assistants blood stream through the mouth or nose and the wearing of gloves prevents any saliva or blood getting on to the dental assistants hands which could then potentially enter the blood stream through any open cuts. Over all this is an excellent site which provides great information of protective equipment which must be worn by dental assistants and dentist in order to prevent cross contamination and the spreading of potential diseases.

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V110: Infection Control & Emergencies in the Dental Office - YouTube

This video is an excerpt from V110: Infection Control & Emergencies in the Dental Office. The full-length video educates the staff about microorganisms and t...
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Tamara and her staff at Icon Dental would have great benefits from a informative video like this one. This video shows Tamara how to have a better understanding and provides instructions on how to have good infection control and what to do in a dental emergency. This video clearly illustrates the importance of infection control and shows why necessary precautions need to be taken in the dentistry profession. Tamara trains her staff at icon to be diligent with infection control as one false move and one small mistake could mean a patient or staff member becoming infected by blood touching them and getting into their system. Overall this video is highly educational and provides Tamara with a understanding of how she can create a safer working environment for herself, her staff and her patients.

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The Dental Syringe - YouTube

This video gives a brief introduction into the operation of the dental syringe.
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A fantastic and very educational video on the use syringes in dentistry. This video goes into extensive detail of the correct and safe way to handle the dental syringes and the steps and procedures involved. It must be ensured in the dentist workplace that syringes are used in the correct manner and are disposed of in a safe and diligent way. This video would be educational to anyone whom is new working in a dental office and needs to learn about using dental syringes. Icon Dental Group trains their staff very well on the use of dental syringes and shows them the correct way to use them to avoid injury or cross contamination. The procedures Icon use are that gloves are always to be worn when handling syringes to avoid contamination and a dental assistant must always check with the dentist which type of anesthesia they want used. Once this is found out the anesthesia is inserted into the syringe and locked into place, the needle is then screwed onto the syringe which still having its cover on it, the cover is kept on the needle to reduce the risk of anyone being cut or stabbed by it. The syringe is then passed to the dentist, where they removed the cover and inject it. The syringe is then passed back to the dental assistant and they put the cover back on the needle, unscrew it and dispose of the needle in a sharps bin, the same is then done with the anesthesia. The syringe itself is then put through an autoclave to be sterilized. It is well aware that every work place is run differently and has different techniques and procedures about how things should be done. The technique described here is fast, effective and has a minimal injury or injection risk so Tamara and her staff can get their job done safely and diligently.   

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Ergonomics For Dental Hygienists

Ergonomic health implications as it relates to dental health professionals. This presentation reviews common causes of ergonomic injuries including carpal tu...
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Fantastic site which is able to give Tamara and her staff at Icon an understanding and some insight to Ergonomic health implications and how they apply to the dental workplace. Musculoskeletal disease is becoming an extremely popular occurrence with dentist working within dental clinics. As majority of dental clinics are built suitable for the average man, it has become evident that women are actually the dentist working in these environments and forcing their bodies to adapt. Ergonomic health is the practice where a dental environment is made to suit the workers, not the workers adjusting to suit the dental environment. This means the way the dental clinic is set up needs to be ergonomic and friendly to the human body, it also means the utilisation of equipment and working to make the environment more suitable for the workers and patients. If more dental clinics were aware of the harmful effects a 'uncomfortable' dental room has on the human body then steps could be taken to create safer and more comfortable dental rooms to create a lower risk of musculoskeletal disease amongst dentist.


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