Townie® Poll

Infection Control

Poll conducted from 8/25/2005 To 9/25/2005

Do you use a separate internal processing indicator in each of your sterilization pouches when processing your instruments?
376 total votes
23%
Yes
77%
No
What is your usual routine?
298 total votes
46%
Wipe with disinfectant
1%
Spay with disinfectant
35%
Spray and wipe with disinfectant
19%
Spray, wipe, and spray again
Who is the primary infection control coordinator in your practice?
295 total votes
17%
Me or another hygienist
29%
Dental assistant
4%
Practice manager
10%
Dentist
40%
There is no designated coordinator
Which of the following do you consider to be the best source for infection control information?
297 total votes
10%
Another staff member (e.g., practice infection control coordinator)
12%
School of dental hygiene
12%
Journal or book
54%
Continuing education course
13%
Other
On average, how much do you think infection control procedures (e.g., gloves, masks, gowns, disinfectants and instrument sterilization) cost per hygiene patient visit?
294 total votes
36%
$0 - $5
38%
$6 - $10
18%
$11 - $15
6%
$16 - $20
2%
More than $20
On average, how much time do you spend performing infection control procedures (including instrument recycling and environmental asepsis) per hygiene patient visit?
296 total votes
2%
Less than a minute
33%
2–4 minutes
40%
5–6 minutes
19%
7–8 minutes
6%
More than 8 minutes
How would you rate the compliance with infection control procedures in your practice?
298 total votes
21%
Excellent
48%
Very good
25%
Good
6%
Poor
0%
Very Poor
I would rate my personal compliance with infection control procedures as:
298 total votes
41%
Excellent
51%
Very Good
8%
Good
0%
Poor
0%
Very Poor
In your opinion, which of the following is the prime factor that limits compliance with infection control procedures in your practice?
289 total votes
62%
Time limitations
2%
Material availability
6%
Cost
16%
Inadequate training
14%
Lack of management support
Have you ever worked in a practice that was visited by a regulatory agency (e.g. OSHA) concerning a possible infection control complaint?
298 total votes
5%
Yes, once
2%
Yes, more than once
93%
No
Have you ever reported a dental practice to a regulatory agency concerning a possible infection control infraction?
297 total votes
3%
Yes, once
0%
Yes, more than once
97%
No
How often do patients ask you about the infection control procedures used in your practice?
298 total votes
3%
Almost daily
6%
Once a week
6%
More than once a week
17%
Several times a month
68%
Rarely to never
How do you explain infection control procedures to your patients?
297 total votes
87%
Verbally
2%
Written information sheet
11%
I do not explain it to patients
Who explains the infection control procedures during a hygiene visit?
297 total votes
1%
Front desk
3%
Hygiene Assistant
76%
Hygienist
1%
Doctor
19%
None of the above

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