“Introduction to Team Leading Skills for Dental Nurses” Workshop:

By rick.craven

The role of the Lead nurse is now well established in general dental practices throughout the UK. However, it is not an easy step to take from being one of the team to taking a supervisory role.

For this reason, following numerous series of Lead Dental Nurse training programmes delivered for Health Education England, we shall be opening the introductory training workshop to the general public, starting in Birmingham and London.

Isopharm PDP Features

By rick.craven

Isopharm’s automated PDP functionality enables the completion of compliance goals alongside enhancing your knowledge. This is achieved by performing a SWOT analysis to identify the areas that may affect your progress and allows successful planning and provides learning goals throughout your CPD cycle. Once your PDP is set up you can benefit from several Isopharm features.

Tackling the Global Plastic Issue - One Toothbrush at a Time!

By rick.craven

Within the past few days, it has been highly publicised that TerraCycle and the oral health company Colgate have partnered to create a free recycling programme to tackle the recycling of oral care products and packaging.

The programme will be a welcome relief to many people who have concerns over the difficulties around the recycling of some of these products, as many councils refuse to collect them.

The Colgate UK General Manager, Philp Durocher, stated for Dentistry magazine:

Sharps Safety In Dentistry

By rick.craven

To Resheath Or Not To Resheath?

That is the question we get asked on a frequent basis!

Not only do Dental Nurses want to know who is responsible for the dismantling and disposal of sharps but also there is the question from Dentists regarding resheathing.

Can we do it? If not, why not? If so, who is responsible?

In 2003 the NICE guidelines clearly stated the following; Needles must not be recapped, bent, broken, or disassembled before use or disposal.

Isopharm kick off Day One of Mouth Cancer Action Month 2018

By rick.craven

Today is the first day of thirty for Mouth Cancer Action Month 2018, with the Oral Health Foundation and Simplyhealth professionals publishing a very detailed and comprehensive report highlighting key challenges and recommendations for the future.

The State of Mouth Cancer UK Report 2018/2019 covers survival rates, where the disease is most likely to appear, as well as trends, challenges, and recommendations for the future.

Child Tooth Decay

By rick.craven

There has been an increase in children requiring hospital admission for extractions recently to the point that it is the most common reason for child hospital admissions, even more than Asthma (ages 0-9 years old).

As a result of this, attendance at schools has dropped due to hospital appointments and then postoperative days.


The Annual Assessment of Health and Social Care in England

By rick.craven

The CQC have now published their annual assessment of Health and Social Care in England within a report titled "The State of Healthcare and Adult Social Care in England".

This report has been based on CQC reports and findings over the period of 2017/18 throughout the healthcare sector.

What does the report share?

The state of healthcare and adult social care in England looks at trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where improvements are needed.

Hand Hygiene: Keeping Patients Safe!

By rick.craven

For many years it has been recognised that efficient hand hygiene techniques are paramount in ensuring that the spread of infection is dramatically reduced, and that our patients are treated in a safe and clean environment.

The ”Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” is the key concept in healthcare for hand hygiene and should be taken into account with all processes involved within this subject.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water: Making it clearer for you!

By rick.craven

What is Reverse Osmosis (RO)?

Reverse Osmosis is a method of providing purified water via the process of removing impurities by applying pressure to a solution on one side of a porous membrane.

What is the result after this process?

The result is that impurities are kept on one side of the membrane, while the pure water is allowed to pass through to the other. This purified water can then be siphoned off for use as required.

Main uses for Reverse Osmosis (RO)

The need for RO water in dental practices is detailed within HTM 01-05.

Sepsis – When Infection Becomes Serious

By rick.craven

We have all become increasingly aware of the term Sepsis in the last year or so as more and more cases of Sepsis, and Septic Shock come to light.

The CQC has published a mythbuster on the topic and expect Dental Care Professionals to have an understanding of what Sepsis is, what the signs and symptoms of Sepsis are, and a protocol for patients who present with signs of Sepsis to refer on to other care providers.