Infection control: Doing the right thing is the easy bit

7 May 2019

Between seeing patients, sterilising instruments, taking calls, paying wages, ordering stock, dealing with staff and keeping up-todate with your professional requirements, every dentist struggles to find the time to document all the things they do so well.

The reality is that even if you had the time to sit and write your infection control manual, your work health and safety manual or any number of critical practice documents, where would you start? Would you be the best person to write it? Could you think of anything… anything at all that you might rather be doing?

We thought so!

ADA offers members many valuable professional and practice resources and publications on medicines, CPD, human resource and infection control to name a few. This month we added big bertha to the list. A template infection control manual, one you can easily and efficiently customise to fit your practice.

The Dental Board of Australia (DBA) requires  setting out the infection control protocols and procedures used in that practice. It states that every working dental practitioner and all staff must have access to these documents:

- a manual setting out the infection control protocols and procedures used in that practice.

- the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4815 [current edition] (dental practitioners work under AS/NZS 4815 unless they work within an organisation that operates under AS/ NZS 4187:[current edition] You will find both standards at SAI Global

- Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare published by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and available from the NHMRC website.

- The current Australian Dental Association Guidelines for Infection Control 

The DBA states you can keep these in either hard copy or electronic form (the latter includes guaranteed internet access). For more information see the DBA’s Dental guidelines on infection control. In Queensland, practices are also required to have an Infection control management plan. For more information go to Queensland Health

The list above is just the beginning of what makes up your infection control requirements. We recommend you download the ADA’s Infection Control Manual template, watch the instruction video and contact your local ADA branch should you need support to complete it.

We know practices are working hard, doing the right thing, but you must have the documentation for it to count.

The short list above is a great place to start but don’t stop there. Take advantage of your ADA membership, take a tour of the member only area of the website, watch some of the many infection control-related CPD and
download the resources available to members.

You can find this article and many others at News Bulletin Online (May 2019 issue)