‘We provide the highest quality of professional and expert service in infection control, to enable our clients to deliver the highest quality of care to their customers.’
Current techniques and developments in dental practice have the potential to expose both the patient and the dental professional to a range of pathogenic micro-organisms. It is of the utmost importance therefore, that dental professionals and their staff are familiar with the strategies for the prevention and control of infection in dental settings.
The general public has a right to expect that the dental interventions and procedures they are subjected to will be undertaken in a safe manner, exposing them to minimal risk.
As part of CQC 5 Key lines of Enquiry all dental practices both NHS and Private, are required to provide a safe, clean environment and the appropriate decontamination for dental equipment, with a strong emphasis being placed on effective management and self-audit. To assist in this process Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 01-05 Decontamination in primary care dental practices (2009) was published as a guide for dental practice staff conducting decontamination at a local level i.e. within their own dental practice (HTM) 01-05 has since been updated in 2013. It provides guidance on the requirement to work towards achievement of clearly defined Essential Quality Requirements with additional progress being required to meet Best Practice status.
The aims and objections of HTM 01/05 are:
- Recognition of the difference between cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation.
- Implementation of Practice procedures and policies.
- Understanding of maintenance, testing, storage and disposal.
- Understanding the importance of Personal Protective Equipment.
- Operating safely and practically within the law and the British Dental Association guidelines.
- Recognition and minimization of cross-infection.
Our products - both manuals and audits, fulfill the requirements for the Code of Practice 2015 for the prevention and control of infections 2015 criterion 9 – (Essential standards) and Regulation 12 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 and the Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 01-05 Decontamination in primary care dental practices (2013) Essential Quality Requirements.