Q: I recently attended a Dental Board Infection Control course and the instructor stated that “Spray- wipe-spray” of disinfectant is mandatory by law, is this right?
A: The current Dental Board Infection Control Regulations section 1005 doesn’t mention about “Spray-wipe-spray” or anything close to spraying disinfectants. It does mentions that disinfectants should be used according to the manufactures instructions.
Did you know about 98% of the disinfectants found in Dental Supply Catalogs are wipes and not sprays. Common sense tells me if spraying is mandatory then there will be more spay based products and less wipe products…..
The real issue is no disinfectant applied by spray or wipe will work better than the other if the person who is using the disinfectant does not follow the instructions that the manufacture provides on the label.
In the real world of the common Dental Office I find staff using disinfectants WRONG more than I find staff using right. To make things even worst, cross contamination of instruments and patient items occurs while the room is being set-up for the next patient and not when it is being cleaned.
Rule of thumb – relying on skills is better that just relying on products.