Practice Infection Control Policy

Infection control is of prime importance in this practice. It is essential to the safety of our patients, our families and us. Every member of staff will receive training in all aspects of infection control and the following policy must be adhered to at all times. If there is any aspect which is not clear please ask Julie Scott or Stephen Scott.

You might not be the only person who is unclear and it is useful to discuss the policy frequently to ensure that we all understand its implications. Remember, any of our patients might ask you about the policy, so make sure you understand it.

  •  All staff must be immunised against Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, pertussis, poliomyelitis, rubella, TB and Tetanus and their hepatitis B seroconversion checked. For those who do not sero-convert, medical advice and counseling is required. This also applies to those who cannot be immunised because they are immunosuppressed, for example those taking steroids for asthma. In these cases it may be necessary to limit clinical activities.
  •  The practice provides the protective clothing, gloves, eyewear and masks which must be worn by dentists, nurses and hygienists during all operative procedures. Clothing worn in the surgery should not be worn outside the practice premises.
  •  Before donning gloves, hands should be washed using antibacterial hand wash or disinfected if contaminated after glove removal. A new pair of gloves should be used for each patient.
  •  Before sterilisation, instruments are cleaned by hand using a long handled brush or the ultrasonic bath. Instruments are then rinsed under running water before sterilised using an autoclave. Heavy- duty gloves must be worn when handling used instruments. All instruments that have been potentially contaminated must be sterilised.
  •  Sterilised instruments should be bagged and stored in a cupboard or drawer.
  •  All working areas used during treatment will be kept to a minimum, clearly defined and cleaned and disinfected after each patient using Microzid spray.
  •  Needles, scalpel blades, LA cartridges, burs etc shall be disposed of in the yellow sharps container. This should never be more than two-thirds full.
  •  All clinical waste must be placed in the yellow bags provided. The yellow sack must be securely fastened and stored in a designated area when two thirds full.
  •  In the event of a needle stick injury then refer to the  protocol set out in the clinical governance folder Advice on post exposure prophylaxis can also be obtained from Julie Scott
  • Any accidental spillages of blood saliva or mercury should be reported to Julie Scott
  •  Anyone developing a reaction to a chemical or to the rubber gloves must inform Julie Scott

Date December 2012


Review date December 2014