You might be surprised at the lengths some dental practice owners take to cut their expenses. A dental hygienist recently posed this question in a forum, “My dentist told me today that in order to cut down on electricity usage from the autoclave and to save money on sterilization bags, he wants me to put my instruments in the cold sterile only. What should I do?”
Another posted, “My boss asked me to reuse one-time sterilization pouches.” Still, another reported “I temped today in a practice where I was told that to save money, we are only to change the barriers once per day. Is this legal?”
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Over the years, our Compliance Advisors have inspected hundreds of dental practices across the country. Among the more “interesting” creative solutions we’ve seen to try to save money were:
- Not spore testing, to save the cost of the test itself
- Using a glass candy jar for a reusable sharps container
- Washing and reusing exam gloves
- Using a single carpule of anesthetic for multiple patients
You can’t make this stuff up!! There are better, safer, legal, and less expensive ways to add dollars to your practice’s bottom line. Give us a call at Smart Training and let one of our Compliance Advisors explain how.
Smart Training, the Texas Dental Association’s partner for OSHA and HIPAA compliance, has been taking the burden off of the shoulders of business owners all over the country for over 25 years. In the process, over 15,000 dental professionals have come to count on Smart Training to assist them with their compliance needs.