Townie® Poll

Infection Control

Poll conducted from 4/14/2011 To 5/13/2011

Are you the infection control agent in your practice?
173 total votes
28%
a. Yes
72%
b. No
If you are not the infection control agent, who is the infection control agent in your practice?
115 total votes
43%
a. Dental assistant
3%
b. Practice manager
7%
c. Dentist
10%
d. Other hygienist
37%
e. No designated agent
Do you use an internal processing indicator in each sterilization bag?
140 total votes
52%
a. Yes
48%
b. No
What is your usual routine?
141 total votes
54%
a. Wipe with disinfectant
1%
b. Spay with disinfectant
24%
c. Spray and wipe with disinfectant
21%
d. Spray, wipe and spray again
Are you a member of OSAP (Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures)?
140 total votes
6%
a. Yes, current member
32%
b. Never been a member
4%
c. Member in the past
59%
d. Never heard of it
On average, how much do you think infection control procedures (e.g., gloves, masks, gowns, disinfectants and instrument sterilization) cost per hygiene patient visit?
139 total votes
43%
a. Less than $6
40%
b. $6 - $10
12%
c. $11 - $15
3%
d. $16 - $20
2%
e. More than $20
How much time do you spend performing infection control procedures (including instrument recycling and environmental asepsis) per hygiene patient visit?
139 total votes
1%
a. Less than a minute
43%
b. Two to four minutes
42%
c. Five to six minutes
9%
d. Seven to eight minutes
5%
e. More than eight minutes
What would you rate compliance with infection control procedures for your practice?
138 total votes
24%
a. Excellent
57%
b. Very good
17%
c. OK
1%
d. Adequate
1%
e. Poor
What would you rate your personal compliance with infection control procedures?
138 total votes
43%
a. Excellent
54%
b. Very good
4%
c. OK
0%
d. Adequate
0%
e. Poor
What limits compliance with infection control procedures in your practice?
128 total votes
61%
a. Time limitations
5%
b. Material availability
3%
c. Cost
14%
d. Inadequate training
16%
e. Lack of management support
Has your practice ever been inspected by OSHA?
139 total votes
6%
a. Yes, once
6%
b. Yes, more than once
88%
c. No
Have you ever reported a dental practice to a regulatory agency concerning a possible infection control infraction?
138 total votes
3%
a. Yes
97%
b. No
Do patients ask you about the infection control procedures?
140 total votes
54%
a. Yes, several times a month
11%
b. Yes, once a week
3%
c. Yes, more than once a week
1%
d. Yes, almost daily
31%
e. No, a patient has never asked
Do you explain infection control procedures to your patients?
140 total votes
64%
a. Yes
36%
b. No

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