There have been several reports lately concerning contamination of bib clips in the dental office. A recent study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed contamination in as many as 20% of bib clips tested. Additionally, the study cited the following:
“Of concern was the presence of bacterial species normally present only in the oral cavity on 14 of the 50 bib chains sampled
- Of significant concern were overt pathogens Staphylococcus aureus, and the enteric bacteria, Escherichia coli.”
There have also been recent articles in The Dental Advisor and Dental Economics discussing this issue.
Eliminate fears of this potential source of cross-contamination.