Dental Unit Water Lines

By rick.craven

What is a HPC water monitoring slide? 

Described in the HSE approved code of practice, a HPC water monitoring slide - or red sampler - is a means of testing the microbial content of liquids.

Dipslides or samplers are the most commonly used method of measuring and monitoring biofilm within the dental setting.

Conducting a Successful Audit

By rick.craven

Audits, love them or hate them, they form an essential requirement for any successful practice to improve the quality of work while improving profitability continually.

Having evidence of quality improvement and clinical effectiveness is essential for a practice to show the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that they are compliant with the Fundamental Standards and Key Lines of Enquiry.

A practice should be able to demonstrate that the service is:

Manufacturer Guidelines

By rick.craven

How do manufacturers guidelines help reduce your validation costs and ensure you are testing correctly?

Obtaining and following manufacturer guidance ensures your equipment is tested correctly.

The tests and procedures explained within manufacturers guidance have been taken from the existing HTM guidance and have been proven to validate the majority of equipment currently used in healthcare decontamination.

Direct Access: So what is it?

By rick.craven

What is Direct Access?

Direct Access is giving patients the option to see a Dental Care Professional (DCP) without having first seen a Dentist.

This requirement was removed in May 2013 by the GDC, which has allowed some Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) to provide a range of services directly to patients without a prescription from a Dentist which is within their scope of practice.

Mandating of Electronic FP17 Transmissions

By rick.craven

As of the 1st May 2019 the NHS Business Services Authority have advised that all FP17/FP170 submissions for new courses of treatment will have to be completed electronically.

What does this mean to Dental Practices who have until now completed all their claims via paper forms?

The Business Service Authority have advised:

Prior to the ceasing of paper FP17s, practices must make a decision on one of the following options: 

How do you validate your instrument manual cleaning procedure?

By rick.craven

Ensuring your instruments are clean and free of contaminants before sterilisation is vital to the decontamination cycle. 

If an instrument is not clean, it cannot be sterilised. Any debris will prevent steam contacting the surface so even if your steriliser passes the process, the load will not be sterile.

To comply with essential requirements, as per HTM 01-05 you must have a validated method of cleaning your instruments before sterilisation whether you manual clean, use an ultrasonic cleaner or a washer disinfector.

FGDP Standards in Dentistry

By rick.craven

The Faculty of General Dental Practice

The FGDP have released the second edition of its flagship publication "Standards in Dentistry". This guide for General Dental Practitioners and their teams sets out specific standards and guidance for a primary dental setting. 

Specific standards include:

How Dirty is your Computer Keyboard?

By rick.craven

The investment required to set up and maintain a dental practice is ever growing. Equipment and staffing costs continue to rise year on year and although recommendations and regulations, like HTM01-05, make sense they do impose further costs.

Furthermore, the record keeping required for your decontamination regimes add administrative overheads which cannot be ignored. 

2019 Bridge2Aid Lecture Series

By rick.craven

Isopharm are proud to be supporting an inspirational series of lectures through 2019 – designed for you, raising money for Bridge2Aid.

  • Up to 28 hours of CPD
  • 100% of proceeds to Bridge 2 Aid
  • Speakers provided by Dentex
  • Venue provided by DentsplySirona
  • Sponsored by Isopharm and Medifinance

Clinicians are invited to four exciting and inspirational CPD events presented by some leading lights in dentistry supported by Isopharm and hosted by Dentex.

Periodontal treatment planning is changing

By rick.craven

In 2017 a Global Workshop with representatives from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) convened in order to develop a new classification system for Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions. The aim was to overcome the limitations of the previous classifications that relied heavily on clinical attachment levels and had multiple sub categories.