June 10, 2010
by Oral Health
Current hygiene regulations and how they are implemented in the dental surgery – The latest trends in the area of equipment systems and dental supplies – Integration of surgery hygiene in a highly effective QM system, a key theme at IDS
Implementation of the latest hygiene requirements is of central importance for every dental surgery. This is true not only in terms of professionalism, but can also increasingly have legal relevance. This is why dentists who have their own surgeries will be required by law to integrate surgery hygiene in a quality management system in their everyday work, and the system must be established by 1st January 2011.
In addition to the latest recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which reflect current scientific findings, the dental surgery will now also be required to follow a confusing conglomerate of hygiene norms and standards: the Medical Devices Act (MPG), the Medical Products Operator Ordinance (MP-BetreibV), the Protection against Infection Act (IfSG), and the occupational health and safety regulations of the employer’s liability insurance association. The terms of these regulations must be integrated into surgery hygiene plans. The hygiene plan and its implementation will also become components of an integrated QM system, which with the help of complete documentation will provide the necessary legal certainty for a dental surgery and help safeguard its future existence.
Fortunately, the dental surgery is not without help in implementing these requirements: Consistent hygiene management in the dental surgery is mainly supported by the relevant specialized companies of the dental industry, which will be presenting their latest products and services in Cologne at the International Dental Show from 22nd to 26th March 2011. Here, dentists and their surgery staff will have the unique opportunity to gain a complete overview of the disinfecting of hands, surfaces and instruments. The latest hardware and software products, as well as a variety of high quality dental supplies will allow for effective and safe implementation of hygiene plans and their QM compliant documentation, which conform to the legal requirements and controls.
The complex area of hygienic instruments, which according to the recommendations of the RKI are differentiated in the risk analysis, can be easily managed thanks to the latest generation of standardised equipment systems. The latest autoclaves and thermal sterilizers already have the interfaces required to provide QM-compliant online documentation, which is time-saving, clear and secure. Similarly, this also applies to modern ultrasonic cleaners, which provide an ideal addition to conventional immersion disinfection.
The dental industry also provides top-class solutions for safe packaging and labelling of sterile goods. Efficient rotary sealers ensure improved filling and removal of instruments. Some professional sterile goods cartridges already have integrated sterile filters, which help to considerably increase the shelf life of the products. And the unsafe, manually written labels on packaging are increasingly being replaced by automated labelling equipment, which document all the required parameters set by the recommendations of the RKI in label form, thus becoming another important part of the QM system of a dental surgery.
Dentists and surgery staff can find out the latest developments in all areas of surgery hygiene and QM and receive expert advice from competent manufacturers in Cologne at the International Dental Show (IDS) from 22nd to 26th March 2011.
“From 22nd to 26th March 2011, the International Dental Show in Cologne — the world’s largest trade fair for dental medicine and dental technology — will be the best place for trade visitors from surgeries and laboratories to talk to specialists from the exhibiting companies and experienced users about the spectrum of modern infection prevention and the legally required quality management systems soon to be introduced,” says Dr. Markus Heibach, President of the VDDI.
IDS takes place in Cologne every two years and is organized by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI) and staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.