Sterilisation and Infection Control

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All Maven Dental practices are expected to follow the Infection Prevention and Control Practice Standard issued by the Australian Dental Association (ADA). The compliance to the ADA standards by practitioners within our group is mandatory.

Further to the above, Maven Dental has developed an updated Infection Control Policy providing practical information to practices within the network to assist practitioners and staff in execution of the standards set by their respective councils/boards. Documents have been developed to assist our practitioners in their responsibilities to maintain such standards.

Additionally, Maven Dental practice teams have access to a multitude of training modules pertaining to the delivery of Clinical Best Practice in Infection Control. These modules summarise the following:

- An Introduction to Infection Control.

- An introduction to Standard Precautions.

- Detailed outlines of Standard Precautions, including:

  • Effective hand hygiene.
  • The use of personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
  • Sharps management.
  • Waste management.
  • Cleaning and disinfection of devices and environmental maintenance.
  • Blood and body fluid exposure (BBFE).
  • Instrument handling.
  • Sterilisation.
  • Equipment.

All Maven Dental practices have access to a Blood and Body Fluid Exposure (BBFE) protocol to ensure rapid action should this occur, ensuring patient and staff confidence in structured responses. Our practices are also moving toward “universal bagging” of instruments to ensure adequate tracking of instruments in the event of a sterilisation breach.

Maven Dental have a robust action plan for a structured response in the event of an Infection Control Breach despite our best intention of prevention of such an event through adequate training and policy development.

Maven Dental is also considering an undertaking for the development of an immunisation policy to help reduce the risk of transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).