Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Grandstand Dental Care have incorporated numerous added precautions that work alongside our standard infection and prevention control safety measures to ensure both our patients and staff are safe.
We use the term “infection control” to describe the many steps we take to prevent the spread of bacterial, viral and other infections between patients, team members and the broader community.
Our infection control protocols have always been exemplary. Additional protocols have been introduced in our practice to protect the safety of all patients and staff. These include:
- Detailed screening of patients before they attend the practice.
- Patients are asked to sanitise their hands upon entry into the practice and sign in using the Victorian State Government contact tracing QR code.
- There is physical separation of seating in the reception area, and we comply with the 1 person per 4 square meter directive.
- Patients are asked to use a disinfecting (pre-procedural) mouth rinse prior to treatment.
- Our team uses single-use personal protective equipment (glasses, mask and gloves) for every patient.
- Patients are asked to sanitise their hands at the completion of their appointment.
- All surfaces that are regularly touched are decontaminated frequently throughout the day with detergent wipes and disinfectant sprays to kill pathogens.
- The dental chair irrigation lines are flushed with antiseptics after each patient to ensure transparency of a clean environment. They are also flushed at the start and at the end of the work schedule for further daily maintenance.
These “Standard Precautions” are the essential processes of infection control. They include:
- Implementation of good hand hygiene consistent with the national hand hygiene initiative from Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA).
- The use of personal protection equipment such as gloves, masks, eye protection and protective outerwear.
- Safe handling and disposing of contaminated waste and sharps.
- Effective cleaning of the treatment rooms before and after patient care, and of the practice generally
- Placement of environmental barriers, such as plastic coverings, on surfaces that are otherwise difficult to keep clean.
Our infection control and safety procedures regarding dentistry are:
- Steam sterilisation (autoclaving) of instruments, and the accompanying testing, monitoring and maintenance of equipment to ensure the autoclave works properly at all times.
- Single-use items (for items which are difficult to decontaminate) .
- Maintenance of clean waterlines, therefore protecting water quality.
- Specific decontamination protocols related to specialised equipment and devices.
- Specific decontamination procedures relating to dental impressions and devices that are worn in the mouth.
Every team member is thoroughly trained in infection control procedures. We follow our procedures precisely and consistently and review our practices regularly.