The SMART way to sterilise handpieces
Decontamination Consultant Mark Beckwith explains the SMART way to clean valuable, precision-engineered instruments to maintain peak performance and maximise their lifespan.
To improve the dental team’s knowledge with regard to sterilisation of handpieces and the pivotal role played by the right choice of autoclave.
On completing this Enhanced CPD article, the reader will have an understanding of:
- The handpiece sterilisation process and how it can break the chain of potential cross-contamination between patients.
- Autoclave cycle types and guidance
- The NSK SMART3 handpiece decontamination protocol
- Why it is important to work with a handpiece manufacturer who will provide support to their customers.
The reader will learn how best to select an autoclave for hollow instruments / handpieces and the necessary steps to take to achieve sterilisation.
Development Outcome: C
Worth 0.5 hour 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.