Corona Virus – and Infection control at the Dentist’s Clinic!
As your dentist, we really care about your safety and strive hard to prevent the spread of infection in all the possible ways. We at Dr. Kishore dental care, make sure the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and counter tops, have been cleaned and disinfected and wiped with Anti viral Disinfectant before you enter. at Dr Kishore dental care, Vijayawada, India
The following safety measures are ensured in our clinic for your safety:
1. At Dr Kishore Dental Care, we cover some of the equipments with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient like chair covers chair light handles etc.
2. All Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients.
3. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused.
4. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff in our Clinics, who are involved in patient care are using appropriate protective equipment such as PPE, gloves, masks, gowns and eye wear when needed. After each patient, gloves, masks and all disposables are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team disinfects themselves by washing their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.
5. Apart from that, we also screen patients for signs and symptoms of infection and appropriate travel history, when they update their medical history with us.
6. Taking temperature readings as part of the routine assessment of patients before performing dental procedures.
7. We make sure the personal protective equipment is used for appropriate procedures being performed.
8. Using a “rubber dam” when needed to decrease possible exposure to infectious agents.
9. Autoclaving hand pieces after each patient.
10. Having patients rinse with a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution prior to each appointment.
11. Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs and bathrooms.
PATIENT APPOINTMENTS We at Dr. Kishore Dental Care plan patients appointments accordingly so that patients need not arrive too early and wait for their treatment; we also planned our clinic’s waiting area without reading materials, toys etc, so that it minimizes contact with other patients in the waiting room so as to prevent the spread of Corona virus through exposure!
12. As of now, we are asking questions to screen patients for the corona virus disease when confirming appointments or when they arrive for treatment like if they have travelled abroad in the last 14 days or been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or is under investigation for COVID-19 and if they have a cough, fever or shortness of breath. As Dentists we encourage patients who answer yes to these questions to contact their primary physician as soon as possible to find out if they should be seen or tested.
Having dental treatment at Dr Kishore dental care, you can be absolutely sure that all the necessary and appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been taken and are being taken everyday. It is a fast spreading flu like virus and good hygiene practices are the only way to safeguard ourselves against this pandemic. Safety is surety!
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO BE FOLLOWED:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand wash will kill viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing because while sneezing they may spray up small liquid through the nose which may contain viruses.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth frequently, make sure your hands are clean. Keep a hand sanitizer with you where ever you go.
- Make sure you and the people around you follow good respiratory hygiene. Stay at home if you feel unwell.
- If you have cough, cold, fever and difficulty in breathing, seek medical attention and call the helpline number.
- If possible avoid travelling to places, especially if you are an older person or having diabetes, heart or lung disease, because older people have a higher risk of catching COVID-19.