We take quality of infection control standards in dental clinics seriously.
The Gentle Dental Clinic Scandal, Sydney
The Gentle Dentist has four branches throughout Sydney, with all four currently under investigation by the Health Care Complaints Commission. It is believed that along with Starkenberg and Samson Chan, the director of the other two clinics, a further 12 dentists are under investigation.
Several infection control breaches were identified by the Dental Council of NSW.
According to Dr Shane Fryer, public health audits “… showed that there were some problems with the cleaning, sterilisation and storage of instruments in that it was not being done in compliance with the guidelines of the Dental Board of Australia.”
However, he wished to remind the public that there are laws that help protect our health and safety.
“I want to assure the public that there are stringent guidelines in place in relation to infection control that dental practitioners must adhere to.”
– Dr Shane Fryer, The Dental Council of New South Wales
Duty of care – more than just a promise
Dentistry Plus: going one step further
To achieve such accreditation, we have clearly demonstrated that all our practices (in Joondalup, Leederville, Leeming and Maddington) are compliant with the latest standards in the National Safety and Quality in Health Service (NSGHS) Standards.
Accreditation demonstrates an alignment with an internationally recognised system of benchmarking safety and quality, with all practices having a reduction of risk and enhancement of quality.
Applying for this accreditation also clearly demonstrates to the public our ongoing commitment to an industry regulated scheme.
What is infection control?
Infection control is carried out in certain ways, such as:
- understanding the fundamentals of infection control;
- creating systems that allow regular infection control procedures to be carried out (and adhered to) effectively;
- remaining informed on regular infectious disease updates, such as new flu viruses or resistant organisms.
- obtains a detailed medical history of each patient to be aware of any transmissible infections or diseases;
- provides infection control education, management of infectious hazards and training in hygiene for all new staff members;
- maintain adequate physical facilities, ensuring that all equipment is in excellent working order, by performing regular quality checks.
What our commitment to hygiene means
Every component of our operations is fastidiously monitored. Issues such as hand care, including hand hygiene and gloves; personal protective equipment, such as masks, eye protection, protective clothing and footwear; the cleaning and sterilising of surgical equipment; disposal of sharps and management of clinical waste; the disinfection of all areas, and zoning areas into ‘clean’ and ‘contaminated’ zones; water quality; instrument use, including strict adherence to the rules of single-use items; packaging; along with other practices, are religiously carried out.