Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-care Items

Ensure appropriate sterilization techniques are followed and monitored.2

  • Sterilization protocols do not vary for respiratory pathogens. OHCP should perform routine cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization protocols, and follow the recommendations for Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-Care Items present in the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings – 2003.7
  • DHCP should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for times and temperatures recommended for sterilization of specific dental devices.