Townie® Poll

Infection Control

Poll conducted from 12/7/2005 To 1/7/2006

How many hours of infection control CE are required annually to maintain your license?
541 total votes
28%
1–2 hours
14%
3–5 hours
4%
6–7 hours
7%
8 or more
47%
I do not have this requirement in my state
Who is the primary infection control coordinator in your practice?
337 total votes
12%
Hygienist
36%
Dental assistant
5%
Practice manager
28%
Dentist
19%
There is no designated coordinator
Does your staff use a separate internal processing indicator in each of your sterilization pouches when processing your instruments?
335 total votes
40%
Yes
60%
No
Do you perform spore testing on a regular basis?
336 total votes
83%
Yes
17%
No
How do you sterilize the majority of your hand instruments?
335 total votes
67%
Disposable Bags/Pouches
15%
Wrapped Cassettes
16%
Unwrapped
1%
Other
On average, how much do you think infection control procedures (e.g., gloves, masks, gowns, disinfectants and instrument sterilization) cost per patient visit?
331 total votes
27%
$0 - $5
46%
$6 - $10
14%
$11 - $15
8%
$16 - $20
5%
More than $20
On average, how much time does your staff spend turning over a room (including instrument recycling and environmental asepsis) per patient visit?
332 total votes
64%
8-10 minutes
25%
10-12 minutes
9%
12-15 minutes
2%
More than 15 minutes
How often do you wash your hands?
332 total votes
0%
Hygiene exams only
4%
Dental procedures only
65%
Every time I enter a room
32%
As needed during the day
How would you rate the compliance with infection control procedures in your practice?
334 total votes
31%
Excellent
47%
Very good
18%
Good
3%
Poor
1%
Very Poor
In your opinion, which of the following is the prime factor that limits compliance with infection control procedures in your practice?
304 total votes
57%
Time limitations
6%
Material availability
9%
Cost
14%
Inadequate training
14%
Lack of enforcement
How often do patients ask you about the infection control procedures used in your practice?
332 total votes
4%
Once a week
3%
More than once a week
8%
Several times a month
85%
Rarely to never
How do you explain infection control procedures to your patients?
333 total votes
57%
Verbally
6%
Written information sheet
12%
Signs displayed in office
25%
I do not explain it to patients

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