The single handed instrument transfer with a right handed operator is illustrated in the following procedural outline.
Bulky instruments can be transferred in the same single-handed exchange as described above. Many dental units, such as the split unit, prohibit effective handpiece transfer since the handpiece is outside the 21-inch radius of the assistant’s hand. This unit placement leads to decreased effectiveness in terms of time and motion. When a transthorax or rear unit is used and handpieces are within the transfer zone, the assistant should then utilize the following procedure:2