Technology-Related Infection Control Challenges
By Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS, and Crystal Kanderis Lane, RDH, BS, MS
Today’s oral health professionals work with a variety of rapidly changing technologies during the delivery of patient care. Understanding how to manage technology in the dental setting requires knowledge and application of infection control guidelines, including manufacturer instructions for use. Knowledge of current manufacturer instructions for use is critical in the reprocessing cycle. If not carried out in accordance with these procedures, items could pose an infection control risk. Typical failures with infection control compliance regarding technology include improper cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization.