Keeping defences high against changing threats

Featured Products Promotional Features

  Posted by: Dental Design      16th March 2022

The past two years have made it clear that viruses remain a significant threat within the modern world. This is because the nature of viruses is so unpredictable. While some viruses may be easily defended against by our own immune systems, others can adapt and mutate, sometimes creating stronger strains that can outsmart our natural defences.

This ability to evolve also means that viruses can be resilient against protective measures such as universal vaccines. The Influenza virus is a pertinent example. Due to its ability to evolve quickly, studies have suggested that a universal vaccine against the virus wouldn’t be successful. This is because any new strains that emerge would find weaknesses in the protection that an injection of this nature would afford.[i] In light of this, a new jab to protect against Influenza is developed every year to help boost our immunity against the virus.

However, vaccines and other protective measures take time to develop, so these measures need to be supported by an excellent standard of infection control to help prevent spread of disease as much as possible.

Dental practices and disease transmission

Dental practices, much like any establishment that see a high footfall, are prime locations for disease transmission to occur. Infectious pathogens can be transmitted in a number of ways, from direct contact between people, to indirect routes such as airborne transmission. Dental instruments, surfaces in the practices and the airflow in your premises are all viable routes for diseases to spread.[ii]

Interestingly, due to the nature of dental treatment, certain actions such as aerosol generating procedures may heighten the risk of airborne transmission of diseases in practice.[iii] This is because these procedures send a fine mist of potentially infectious substances into the air including blood and saliva, which can remain suspended for hours depending on droplet size.[iv] As such, dental practices are more likely to need extra measures in place to tackle disease transmission.

Cover all bases

As infectious pathogens can be spread in so many different ways, the best defence against them is to take an adaptable and comprehensive approach with your infection control:

Cleaning products and hand sanitiser

First of all, cleaning solutions, hand sanitisers and other everyday products must be highly effective and versatile to your needs. When exploring cleaning solution options, it’s important to not only prioritise how effective solutions are (you’ll ideally want to choose solutions that can destroy 99.9999% of pathogens) but also examine whether they are able to be used on a wide array of surfaces to ensure that you are protecting staff and patients as much as possible. A good signifier of quality is whether the products have been validated by European Standards, such as EN 16615 and BSEN 1500 (depending on the product). If they have one of these accreditations, it means they have undergone rigorous testing and are proven to be a highly effective solution.

 

The same approach should be taken for the hand sanitisers you use in practice. As well as ensuring that the sanitiser you select has high alcohol content and can kill the vast majority of pathogens, you should select a solution that has moisturising ingredients to ensure that it can safely and comfortably be used on a regular basis.

Washer-disinfectors and autoclaves

Sterilisation is the most effective method at destroying all pathogens on items such as dental instruments.[v]Steam sterilisation using an autoclave is effective because it heats instruments to very high temperatures, which quickly destroys pathogens. On top of this measure, using a washer disinfector prior to an autoclave ensures instruments are cleaned and disinfected, adding an extra element of protection.

As such, it pays to invest in solutions that are not only adapted to your practice, but that can offer reliable, swift results. Autoclaves should be able to process a variety of loads as well as offer innovative, time-saving features and a chamber capacity that suits the demands of your practice. Washer -disinfectors should streamline infection control, with fast cycles and innovative features to help support an excellent standard of disinfection.

Air Disinfection

With the threat of airborne transmission, investing in an air disinfection device is an important step to take if you want to protect patients and staff as much as possible.

While many devices for air disinfection exist on the market, it’s vital to select one that is scientifically proven to destroy pathogens, instead of simply trapping infectious particles in filters. You should also consider aspects such as how often filters should be changed and whether the unit creates bi-products and is safe to operate around vulnerable individuals 24/7.

One stop for all your infection control needs

Eschmann provides a wide range of solutions for dental practices, including autoclaves, washer disinfectors, ultrasonic cleaners, hand sanitiser, air disinfection devices and more. All equipment from Eschmann offers a high level of protection against disease transmission – even from evolving threats such as viruses.

Full protection

While viruses do offer unique challenges, high-quality infection control protocols will always offer an effective defence. By taking a closer look at the products you use in practice and investing in those that are most suitable for your premises, you can feel confident that viruses and other pathogens will be kept under control.

 

For more information on the highly effective and affordable range of infection control products from Eschmann, please visit our new website at www.eschmann.co.uk or call 01903 875787

 

[i] Wu, N. et al. Different Genetic Barriers For Resistance to HA Stem Antibodies in Influenza H3 and H1 Viruses. Science. 2020:368(6497);1335-1340. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaz5143

[ii] Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Introduction to Epidemiology. Link:https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dsepd/ss1978/lesson1/section10.html [Last accessed December 21].

[iii] Harding, H. et al. Aerosol-generating Procedures and Infective Risk To Healthcare Workers From SARS-CoV-2: The Limits of the Evidence. J Hosp Infect. 2020 Aug; 105(4): 717–725.

[iv] Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Introduction to Epidemiology. Link:https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dsepd/ss1978/lesson1/section10.html [Last accessed December 21].

[v] Centres For Disease Control and Prevention. Sterilisation. Link: https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/sterilization/index.html [Last accessed December 21].


No Comments


No comments yet.


Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.