Hi All -
Every year we, as a team, head to Grapevine for an OSHA seminar that is put on by our friends at Northern Texas Facial and Oral Surgery. Three of us from Keller, one of us from Fort Worth and another from Grand Prairie made the trek this past Friday and had a blast! What does this type of training mean to you???
OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is the government's governing body on how we ensure the safety of you, our patients, and the safety of each other. Some of our topics include the type of clothing that we wear, ensuring that we have the proper masks, gloves, eyewear, what we do when one of us gets stuck with used instruments, and all the way to a fire evacuation plan. Much of this focuses on us in the office but a very important part focuses on you.
Sterilization of our instruments is a key factor in our office. This was touched upon in great detail at the course and I am happy to say that we are extremely diligent in this area and we did not need to improve much! For all of our procedures, we run our instruments through a steam autoclave multiple times throughout the day. A steam autoclave is a sterilizer that pressurizes instruments while heating them far above 100 degrees celsius for a specified period of time. This ensures the sterility of all of the instruments that we use to do your procedures! To ensure that this is accurate, we utilize spore testing every week by an independent laboratory and, if the spore is tested and deemed sterile, we then get a report back stating that we have a passing grade. If not, we make sure that we have the issue resolved VERY quickly.
At some point in time, you may see one of us cleaning different parts of the office such as the operatory chairs, the counters, or some of the equipment. We use special sprays to do this that are able to kill various viruses and bacterias such as TB, Hepatitis, and HIV. This ensures that our office is sterile and also that we go above and beyond the recommendations of our government agency, OSHA.
In closing, the safety of you, our patients, and of each other is of primary importance to myself. It is through these measures and many others that we have not mentioned, that we make sure that our office stays a safe environment for all of us.
Thanks for taking the time to read about this very important subject!
- Dr. Perry
Chad Perry, DDS
8408 Davis Blvd., #250 North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Posted on Sat, April 18, 2015
by Chad Perry