Townie® Poll

Do you disinfect your dental water lines?

Poll conducted from 5/6/2004 To 6/4/2004

Do you disinfect your dental water lines?
931 total votes
48%
Yes
52%
No
If you are not disinfecting your waterlines it is because?
187 total votes
6%
Costs too much
14%
Requires to much time
38%
It is not important
32%
Not required to do so
9%
Not enforced to do so
Are you familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dental output water guidelines?
328 total votes
25%
I understand the guidelines clearly
18%
I am aware of the guidelines however they are difficult to understand
14%
I am aware of the guidelines however they are difficult to implement
3%
I am aware of the guidelines however they are too costly to implement
9%
I am aware of the guidelines however they are not important
30%
I am not aware of the guidelines
What method of waterline disinfection do you use?
339 total votes
27%
Weekly Chemical Flushing
10%
Daily Chemical Flushing
14%
Continuous Treatment
6%
Other
42%
None
If you are using chemical flushing what type are you using?
199 total votes
26%
Chlorine based
4%
Peroxide based
4%
Alcohol based (mouthwash)
26%
Chlorhexidine based
31%
Other
6%
Iodine based
3%
Silver based
If you use chemical flushing to treat your dental unit water lines, how much clinician time per week does it require?
167 total votes
71%
10 minutes per unit
16%
20 minutes per unit
8%
30 minutes per unit
5%
40 minutes per unit
If using a liquid chemical germicide, is it legally marketed with a required EPA registration for treating dental unit water lines?
152 total votes
74%
Yes
26%
No
How often do you test your waterlines for bacteria compliance (cfus)?
317 total votes
4%
Weekly
5%
Monthly
5%
Quarterly
6%
Annually
79%
Not at all
Do you purge each dental line for a minimum of 20-30 seconds after each patient?
333 total votes
52%
Yes
48%
No
How important do you feel DUWL disinfection is for patients and staff?
324 total votes
20%
Very important
41%
Somewhat important
40%
Not important at all
How concerned are you with patient and employee exposure to endotoxins released after disinfecting dental water?
333 total votes
8%
Very concerned
10%
Moderately concerned
17%
Somewhat concerned
37%
Not concerned
28%
Unaware of the problem
How are your dental units supplied with water?
335 total votes
48%
Direct municipal supply
13%
Independent bottle supply using municipal water
39%
Independent bottle supply using distilled water
If you have an independent bottle supply, do you clean your bottles?
271 total votes
21%
Daily
22%
Weekly
6%
Monthly
21%
Not at all
31%
Do not have independent bottle supply
Do you believe that using distilled water in an independent bottle supply delivery system without using a waterline disinfectant will provide dental output water that meets the CDC guideline of less than 500 cfu/ml?
304 total votes
36%
Yes
64%
No
How many dental units do you have?
337 total votes
31%
2 to 3
54%
4 to 6
9%
7 to 9
6%
10 or more
What is your annual cost per dental unit for waterline disinfection product and labor?
229 total votes
49%
Less than $200 per year
29%
Less than $400 per year
9%
Less than $600 per year
14%
Greater than $600 per year
Have you consulted with the dental unit manufacturer for appropriate methods and equipment to maintain the recommended quality of dental water?
308 total votes
18%
Yes, I received clear guidance
15%
Yes, however I did not receive clear guidance
4%
Yes, however the dental unit is not equipped to maintain water quality
63%
No, I did not know that the dental unit manufacturer should provide appropriate methods
Have you followed recommendations for monitoring water quality provided by the manufacturer of the unit or waterline treatment product?
308 total votes
20%
Yes
28%
No
52%
Did not know manufacturer provided recommendations
When considering the purchase of a new dental unit, would you prefer it to be equipped with antimicrobial tubing and continuous disinfection equipment?
320 total votes
41%
Strong preference
32%
Moderate preference
15%
Low preference
13%
No preference
Which of the following is most important to you in selecting a waterline disinfection product?
305 total votes
11%
Cost of product
11%
Cost of labor to maintain disinfection program
45%
Ease of use
10%
Requires minimal clinician time
22%
Effectiveness
Which of the following subjective clinical aspects of disinfection methods is MOST important to your choice of product?
294 total votes
12%
Residual taste, odor or color
28%
Corrosiveness to equipment
11%
Effect to bonding strength
43%
Safety to patient and staff
7%
Other
Do your dental unit waterlines plug up, discharge biofilm, or discharge water with a foul smell or color?
311 total votes
78%
Has not yet happened
14%
Rarely
5%
Sometimes
3%
Often
Would you replace existing biofilm contaminated tubing with antimicrobial tubing and automated disinfection equipment if the cost is less than $400?
309 total votes
19%
Unlikely
52%
Possibly
29%
Most likely
Do you maintain a Pollution liability policy to cover any potential claims from contaminated dental water?
306 total votes
8%
Yes
92%
No
Who makes the purchase decisions in your office regarding buying supplies used in the hygiene department?
319 total votes
56%
The Dentists
32%
The Hygienists
11%
Other
When purchasing gloves worn in your office, who makes the decision?
320 total votes
38%
The Dentists
3%
The Hygienists
13%
The Dental Assistants
46%
Each person chooses their own
What criteria is important when evaluating gloves?
315 total votes
3%
Brand name, reputation
22%
Cost
52%
Comfort
3%
Recommendation from trade journal, newsletter, message boards.
19%
Quality (minimal defects/pinholes)
If you or anyone in your office changed gloves recently, was it:
243 total votes
27%
from latex to non-latex (synthetic vinyl or nitrile)
35%
from powdered to powder free glove
6%
to change to left right hand specific glove
16%
due to cost
16%
quality issue
Which is the largest concern regarding gloves in your office:
312 total votes
18%
Latex Allergies
25%
Excessive powder causing dry, itchy hands
13%
Tired, Cramped Hands
26%
Personal Protection
4%
Patient's sensitivity to latex gloves
15%
Cost

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