I have always been proud of the fact that my staff and I have excelled in many areas. Whether it means continuing education to learn new techniques or materials, having the nicest environment possible, or hiring the best staff, we always strive to be better. The main reason for this is because we feel that our patients deserve the best.
Now, with the growing concern about AIDS and other infectious diseases, many new regulations are being proposed by OSHA, the CDC, and other agencies. In accordance with our commitment to excellence, I have chosen not to wait for regulations that require compliance. I am committed to incorporate new techniques and materials related to infection control as they become available. I am sure you have already noticed the many changes implemented over the years. I plan to make others in the future.
This peace of mind for you (and my entire office) does not come easily or without considerable expense. More labor time is spent in cleaning rooms and equipment. More behind the scenes equipment, such as chemical-heat sterilizers and autoclaves for instruments are needed. More disposable materials are used (my office is the first in Chicago to use hospital-type sterile packs). Each one of our clinical staff members has been vaccinated for hepatitis and has gone through hazardous material management training.
As Featured in TODAY’S CHICAGO WOMAN March 1996
Dentists discover sterile packs
Dentists care about their patients’ peace of mind when it comes to cleanliness during an office visit.
Recently, several area dentists have introduced individualized sterile packs that contain common disposable items like treatment gloves, protective patient towels, gauze, cotton balls and suction devices.
One of the first dentists in the area to use them was Benjamin Fiss, DDS, who uses sterile packs because he believes “as dentists, we must voluntarily raise the standard of care to protect our patients. Items that come in bulk have a greater chance of cross contamination.”
Using sterile packs eliminates that risk. Dr. Fiss observes that patients are reassured when a new pack of supplies is opened in front of them prior to treatment.
Clean Waterlines With Quality Purification Technology
As health care professionals, we continually fight to maintain the cleanest environment for infection control and patient safety. Dr. Fiss has been using water purification in his practice since early 2000. Currently, Dr. Fiss uses the DentaPure® microbiological dental unit waterline purification cartridge to meet and exceed the water quality recommendations set forth by the EPA. To learn more about the importance of water purification and the technology used in Dr. Fiss’ office, check out our blog, Clean Waterlines With Quality Purification Technology for Dentistry.