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Practice Tips #122: Wrap It!

Everyone is more concerned than ever about cross contamination, isolation, and infection control. Universal precautions are no longer the rule of the day. Nonetheless, barriers are still an effective method of protecting surfaces from contamination and protecting your equipment.

A barrier protects this set-up tray from cross contamination (items seen in photo: 29-081 & 17-02)

With disinfectants seeing use in all walks of life, supplies are scarce and unreliable. Fortunately, barriers are still effective at preventing contamination of your equipment. Barriers are also custom made to fit your equipment, so you won’t be in competition along the supply chain with members of the general public. While positively everyone is scrambling for masks, it’s still only dentists that need barrier sleeves for air water syringes, X-ray heads, or set-up trays (for example).

One of the biggest advantages to using barriers is their effect on your equipment. Disinfectants are of necessity harsh chemicals that will damage your equipment with prolonged use. Most equipment manufacturers have disclaimers against damage caused by use of disinfectants on their equipment. Use of barriers will not harm your expensive equipment. In fact, barriers will protect your equipment from dust, dirt, and debris that can cause harm, in addition to protecting you and your patients from cross contamination.

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