Free from contamination caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, or other micro-organisms.
(of surgical practice) aiming at the complete exclusion of harmful micro-organisms.
(of a wound, instrument, or dressing) surgically sterile or sterilized.
4 Key aspects to sterile technique:
Barriers – Sterile gowns, sterile drapes, sterile gloves, and masks.
Patient and Equipment Preparation – Antiseptic skin preparation for the patient, sterile instruments, sterile equipment and devices such as handpieces and surgical burs.
Environmental Controls – Doors should be kept closed, traffic in and out of the operatory should be minimized, and only necessary personnel present during the surgical procedure.
Contact to Contact Guidelines – Only sterile to sterile contact is allowed. The chairside assistant and doctor will rely on a secondary assistant to open non-sterile items, record operative notes, etc. The secondary assistant will not touch any sterile field, instruments or equipment.
Count on The Surgical Room to offer a wide assortment of the products required to practice safe surgical dentistry, such as sterile packs, sterile and non-sterile separates, and sterile gloves. We are also pleased to have launched an environmentally friendly option of washable and sterilizable fabric barriers.