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The SMART way to achieve effective decontamination and sterilisation of dental handpieces in daily practice

Decontamination Consultant, Mark Beckwith, discusses the SMART way to clean, lubricate and sterilise precision-engineered dental handpieces to maintain peak performance and maximise their lifespan.

Aims and objectives:
The aim of this article is to improve the dental team’s knowledge concerning effective handpiece cleaning, lubrication, and sterilisation.

Learning objectives:
On completing this Enhanced CPD article, the reader will understand:

  • The most effective ways to clean and lubricate a handpiece before sterilisation
  • The handpiece sterilisation process and autoclave cycle types to break the chain of potential cross-contamination between patients
  • The NSK SMART3 handpiece decontamination protocol

Learning content:
The reader will learn the necessary steps in how best to clean, decontaminate and lubricate hollow instruments/hand-pieces, and by using the right choice of autoclave, then achieve effective sterilisation.

Learning Outcome: C
Worth 0.5 hours of verifiable eCPD

Gaining verifiable CPD is an essential component of a dental professional’s life-long learning and as a company we are committed to the provision of relevant education. As part of this commitment we publish regular online CPD articles. Each article is followed by a series of multiple-choice questions that should be answered online, after which respondents will receive immediate feedback as to whether answers are correct or given the opportunity to re-answer if necessary.

On completion you will be able to download a PDF certificate, which can be used as evidence of CPD hours.