Dental Personal Protection

908 Words Mar 9th, 2011 4 Pages
Communicate and work effectively in health. Objective 3.2

Wear personal protective equipment correctly according to organization requirements.

Personal protective equipment in dental work should be worn correctly, according to organization requirements. Personal protective equipment is important before, during and after all dental procedures. A high level of attention to personal protection is necessary to prevent injury or disease to patients, dental staff and their families. As a dental assistant it is my responsibility to ensure all personal protective measures are carefully carried out. It is important for the dental assistants to protect themselves against contact with the patient’s blood and saliva by using strict hygiene
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When the uniform is warn correctly it provides a barrier between the dental assistant and the patient’s blood, saliva and other body fluids. This high standard of personal hygiene before procedures is necessary to protect the dental assistant, patients and other staff members and their families from an increased risk of infection.

During a dental procedure dental assistants must ensure that they follow infection control standards. This involves the dental assistant and the patient, wearing protective equipment. The dental assistant should place a bib around the patient before procedures. The dental assistant should put their own mask and eyewear on. The mask covers the nose and mouth and it provides a barrier to minimizes the risk of inhaling aerosols or contact with body fluids. The mask must be worn during all dental procedures. Eyewear protection must be worn by the patient and by the dental assistants during dental procedures. Protective glasses protect the eyes from flying particles, blood splatters and chemical splashes. After ensuring the patient is comfortable and covered with a bib, the dental assistant washes their hands, then puts on the mask, then the glasses. Then the dental assistant puts on gloves to protect the hands. Gloves may have tiny defects that are not obvious and particles on the hands can pass through the defects in the gloves to the outside, as well as particles from the outside passing through to the hands. Non-sterile gloves are for
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