Survey of instrument decontamination in dental surgeries located in Scottish prisons

Smith, A. .J. , Creanor, S. and Hurrell, D. J. (2009) Survey of instrument decontamination in dental surgeries located in Scottish prisons. American Journal of Infection Control, 37(8), pp. 689-690. (doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2009.04.282)

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Abstract

We describe an observational study in which the policies and procedures of dental surgeries in 14 of the 15 Scottish prisons for sterilizing instruments were viewed directly by a trained surveyor. The survey found that several key elements in the decontamination cycle, ranging from procurement of devices, cleaning, sterilizing, testing, maintenance, quality management and training were deficient in a number of aspects. The use of a central sterile supply service may be a more cost effective approach for the provision of compliant instrument reprocessing facilities in the sites surveyed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hurrell, Mr David and Smith, Professor Andrew
Authors: Smith, A. .J., Creanor, S., and Hurrell, D. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:American Journal of Infection Control
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0196-6553
ISSN (Online):1527-3296

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