Systems are protocols and processes that when followed produces a desired result consistently. The majority of dental offices I evaluate do not have systems for the critical tasks like processing instruments, sterilization, disinfecting surfaces and breaking down an operatory . Systems play a key role in not only establishing a high standard, but maintaining the standard too. All dental offices should have written and posted protocols for instrument processing, instrument management, and controlling contamination. Don’t confuse systems with housekeeping logs which in my opinion are useless!
by Tom Terry