Use of standardized instrument transfer techniques can yield significant benefits for the operating team. Like most psychomotor skills practice is required before proficiency can be achieved. The effort required is worthwhile if the team wants to maximize efficiency, safety, and reduce stress throughout the workday. To be successful in instrument transfer the dental team must practice and establish consistent procedural steps for common procedures. In addition the dental team must develop a communication system that ensures understanding between the individuals to recognize when an instrument is needed or in what location some type of action must take place.
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