Infection control for dental professionals and patients
Dental professionals must be more diligent than ever to stop virus spread. Be prepared with dental PPE, protocols and supporting guides from Halyard.
Health and safety guidelines for dental practices are evolving as viruses become a higher concern
The healthcare environment contains many potential respiratory hazards in the form of infectious agents from patients who release droplet nuclei into the air via coughing or other respiratory functions. In addition, there is danger of infection from surgical procedures where these agents may be aerosolized.
RESPIRATORY PROTECTION IS KEY
HALYARD* can help protect your dental practice, so that your staff and patients stay safe.
Microbes per cubic foot can be transmitted by ultrasonic instrumentation
with aerosolization of up to six feet
and, if improper air current is present, microbes can last anywhere from 35 minutes to 17 hours.1
What you can do to protect your dental staff and patients
Eyewear: Maximize safety during dental procedures
For dental staff: One research study found that the compliance rate for routine use of protective eyewear was 60.3% (35/58) for dentists and 34.1% (15/44) for hygienists.2 This study revealed that there is a high incidence of dental professionals practicing without the use of safety glasses. In high aerosol transmission environments, protective eyewear is a must.
For patients: Additionally, 12 percent of iatrogenic injuries experienced at the dentist affected the eye.3 Protective eyewear can give your patients–and your bottom line–some peace of mind.
6 Tips to Maximize Patient Eye Safety at the Dentist
At HALYARD*, we know staff and patient safety affect every facet of your business.
We offer a full range of dental PPE that meets or exceeds industry standard regulations for strength, fluid resistance and particulate filtering, as well as guides and supportive protocols to help keep you and your practice healthy.
FLUIDSHIELD* Surgical N95 Respirator Mask
HALYARD* FLUIDSHIELD masks have long been considered the industry standard. Our FLUIDSHIELD* Level 3 face masks now meet the ASTM Level 3 (high) fluid protection standard. Designed to provide high fluid resistance, masks are available as either surgical masks with ties or procedure masks with earloops, both with wraparound visor for added protection.
- 4-layer construction
- Soft inner lining
- 100% natural rubber latex-free
- Available with safety seal Designed to provide effective facial fit
- ASTM Level of Protection: 3
- RHP Fluid Protection: High
- Splash Resistance: 160
LAVENDER* is the #1 Nitrile Glove in the U.S. Dental Market
HALYARD LAVENDER* Nitrile Exam Gloves are thinner, lighter and more economical than standard nitrile, yet they retain the protective properties required for excellent performance across a wide range of healthcare tasks.
They pass ASTM test standards for viral penetration by blood-borne pathogens4.
- ASTM D5151 Test Standards – Meets or Exceeds
- ASTM D6319 Test Standards – Meets or Exceeds
- Biocompatibility-ISO Standard for Primary Skin Irritation & Sensitivity – Meets or Exceeds
- New SMARTPULL* dispensing incorporates two separate openings on the box. The first, smaller opening is used when the box is full and helps control dispensing to lessen waste from dropped gloves or multiple dispensing. When the box is half empty, the second, larger opening allows for easier access to the gloves.
- 60% less storage space required with 250 count box5
- 50% reduction in glove and packaging waste
Additional products to help protect your dental patients and staff
Articles & Resources
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- Miller RL. Characteristics of blood-containing aerosols generated by common powered dental instruments. Am Ind Hyg Assoc J. 1995;56(7):670-676. doi:10.1080/15428119591016683
- Shimoji S, Ishihama K, Yamada H, et al. Occupational safety among dental health-care workers. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2010;11: 41-7.
- ASTM F1671 Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage Penetration as Test System
- Compared to standard 100 count boxes, 250 count LAVENDER* Exam Gloves