Hu-Friedy Debuts Online Resource to Help Dental Practices Improve Infection Control

Hu-Friedy Debuts Online Resource to Help Dental Practices Improve Infection Control
Posted: October 2, 2018
Edited by Dentaltown staff

CHICAGO—Hu-Friedy has announced the release of an online resource to help dental professionals stay on top of infection prevention standards to protect the safety of their patients and staff and avoid violations that can jeopardize their practices.

The GreenLight Dental Compliance Center provides a single, convenient online portal that contains everything a dental practice needs to develop and maintain a compliant infection prevention program. Dental practices are currently challenged with understanding and implementing up-to-date infection prevention standards, which at times can be an ambiguous, complicated process. Additionally, dental professionals lack a centralized resource to review guidelines and regulations from the CDC, OSHA and individual state boards. As a result, many practices may be unaware they are not meeting the latest standards and best practices for such things as instrument reprocessing, auditing processes, and staff training.

According to a third-party survey commissioned by Hu-Friedy, many practices have infection prevention programs that are not fully compliant. For example, 66 percent of dental practices are not compliant in their use of sterilization monitors, 36 percent transport contaminated instruments on loose trays and 29 percent hand scrub instruments. However, in that same survey, 99 percent of respondents feel their infection prevention programs are effective. This lack of knowledge on compliance puts patients, staff, and practices at risk.

"Too often we see headlines about dental practices inadvertently exposing patients and staff to the risk of infection. From a business perspective, noncompliance increases the likelihood a practice will have financial consequences. Worse, inadequate infection prevention policies cause practices to lose the trust of staff and patients. However, we know that it's not easy to understand and follow every best practice and regulation," said Jennifer Naylor, executive vice president at Hu-Friedy. "We fundamentally believe that GreenLight Dental Compliance Center solves a major problem facing the modern dental practice—for the first time, practices will have a central, trusted resource to help them assess, improve and maintain all their compliance obligations."

After logging into the GreenLight portal, dental professionals can set up personalized protocols by answering questions about their current procedures. For guidance, the portal provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on compliance, including state board regulations, product information and safety data sheets, training videos, insights on the infection prevention coordinator role, and other "hot topics" related to infection prevention compliance.

Additionally, dental practices will be able to self-assess their compliance through GreenLight's self-audit system. The audit system provides immediate feedback, and practices can save their audits for future review. Each new GreenLight member will also receive a free consultation with Hu-Friedy's team of experts, who will answer any questions that may arise as practices create and implement their new infection control protocols.

For more information, call 800-483-7433 or visit



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