Sterilization of Handpieces

STERILIZATION OF HANDPIECES
 
Handpieces from Medidenta are fully autoclavable and compliant with the
 
CDC Infection Prevention Guidelines.
 
As you may know, in 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
(CDC) issued a companion to the 2003 Guidelines for Infection Control in
 
Dental Health-Care Settings. This summary contains additional topics and
 
information relevant to dental infection prevention and control, which includes
 
the following statement:
 
Dental handpieces and associated attachments, including low-speed
 
motors and reusable prophylaxis angles, should always be heat
 
sterilized between patients and not high level or surface disinfected.
 
Although these devices are considered semicritical, studies have shown
 
that their internal surfaces can become contaminated with patient
 
materials during use. If these devices are not properly cleaned and heat
 
sterilized, the next patient may be exposed to potentially infectious
 
materials. 1
 
Medidenta recommends the following steps after each patient for maintaining
 
and sterilization of your handpieces and/ or motors:
  •  Wipe down the handpiece and/or motor with a damp cloth to clean

           (Do not use any chemical solutions and/or disinfectant wipes).

 
  •  Lubricate the handpiece with appropriate adapter (4hole) or spray into the drive air hole of the motor and spray for 2-3 seconds.
 
  •  Purge the handpiece and/or motor of excess lubricant and debris either via an air station or placing it   back onto the tubing. Purging for up to 20 seconds is sufficient.
 
  •  Dry the handpiece of any moisture, bag, and autoclave up to a maximum 275°F (135°C).
 
       * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental
 
         Settings available.
 
 
 
      https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/guidelines/index.htm
 
      https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/pdf/safe-care2.pdf