Our Quality Assurance
SCDOC has been awarded the prestigious ISO certification for conforming to the Quality Management System Standard. Our Certification Number is ISO 9001:2008.
Our Quality Assurance (Sterilization)
Before you say "Ahhh" in the dentist's chair, do you ever wonder about those instruments that are about to be placed in your mouth?
At our clinic, every effort is made to maintain the highest quality of patient treatment and care. The same is true of our infection control procedures.
Cleanliness is a high priority at South City Dental Clinic. Because cross-contamination is a factor in dental offices, the entire staff all play an important role in keeping our office as uncontaminated as possible. The most obvious way to protect against the spread of disease or infection is to sterilize the equipment and personnel that come in contact with the patient.
This is done through rigorous internal standards for every person in the office to disinfect their hands between each patient and follow strict guidelines of personal hygiene. Hand sanitizers are located throughout the office and are used: between patients, before gloving, after removal of gloves, before leaving the operatory, upon returning to the operatory and as necessary to maintain the required cleanliness.
Of course, disposable gloves, masks and protective eyewear are worn by all personnel when examining a patient and changed between each patient to prevent the possibility of microorganisms from being transferred during dental procedures. Often, if personnel leave the room to check an x-ray, and so forth, the gloves are replaced during a single session. Masks are always worn to protect against airborne contaminants. Dental personnel are vaccinated against the hepatitis B virus.
Behind the scenes, many of the products used in the office go through an independent sterilization procedure in the packaging
Instruments, after every use, are autoclaved whenever possible. An "autoclave" is used to expose items to steam at high pressure in order to decontaminate them and render them sterile.
Instruments that are sensitive to the high heat used in the autoclave process are prepared for sterilization by first running them through an ultrasonic cleaning unit. They are then rinsed, dried, wrapped and put into our autoclave for a 45-minute cycle.