Operator Responsibilities

  • Use a non verbal signal to indicate a need to exchange an instrument; this avoids tedious and repetitious verbal communication throughout the workday.
  • Withdrawal of the used instrument from the operative field often serves as a non verbal signal and it repositions the used instrument for better access by the dental assistant.
  • Place the used instrument in their hand in a position that enables the assistant to safely retrieve it.
  • The assistant grasps the used instrument.
  • The assistant transfers the new instrument.
  • Maintain eyes on the operative field.
  • Refrain from removing instruments from or replacing instruments onto the pre-set tray.