From breathable filters and skin-friendly antiseptic to sterilization indicators, 3M solutions can help you have confidence in the equipment that keeps your team and patients safe.
More than ever, patients and dental professionals have a heightened awareness of the dangers posed by bacteria, viruses and harmful contaminants. For many years, 3M has helped healthcare providers around the world protect against infection. Now, we’re here to help your practice get back to work with tools to prevent cross-contamination – and most importantly, to help give your patients and staff peace of mind.
As you navigate the recovery, 3M stands with your team – not just as a provider of trusted PPE and infection prevention solutions, but also as an educational resource committed to lifelong oral health for all. Read on to learn more about our product offerings, frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and dental PPE, and other ways you can prevent contamination throughout your practice.
Your patients are in good hands – yours. Trust our science to deliver solutions that help keep them clean and confident: Proprietary filter media designed for ease of breathing. Antiseptic that destroys bacteria while remaining gentle on skin. At-a-glance indicators of sterilizer performance. This is the science of infection prevention.
Dental instruments, hands, common surfaces… you know how vital it is to stop microorganisms from spreading at every touchpoint throughout your practice. Proper hand hygiene, personal protective equipment and sterilization all help prevent cross-contamination – and help reduce the risk that pathogens pose to your patients and your staff.
Your team is dedicated to patient care. 3M stands with you, and strives to provide PPE that your staff will feel comfortable – and confident – about wearing. Learn more about our fluid-resistant surgical masks and N95 respirators, and discover the science of safety.
Hands are the most common source of pathogen transmission – which makes proper hand hygiene a critical part of your infection prevention protocol. Formulated for healthcare professionals like you, 3M™ Avagard™ Hand Hygiene Solutions kill bacteria, but are also gentle enough on hands for frequent, repeated use. So you can be confident that your team – and your patients – are in good hands.
Sterilization assurance is about more than recordkeeping. It’s the knowledge that your instruments are being properly sterilized every time. It’s the ability to reduce the time required to obtain critical information about the sterilization process. And it’s the confidence that comes with adhering to best practices for infection prevention.
3M is committed to helping you navigate the complex situation around COVID-19 health crisis – and around the recovery. Reach out to our knowledgeable customer care team with your product, education or technical questions.
Get back to work with confidence. 3M.com/dentalprotection is your gateway to useful information about the personal protective equipment that helps keep your staff – and your patients – safe.
Surgical N95 Respirators
No, dental masks have differing levels of fluid resistance depending on the material they are made of. It is important to read the specifications to determine which type is suitable for oral care procedures.
In addition to protecting patients from particles expelled by the wearer, fluid resistant masks provide a barrier to help keep saliva or blood splatter from reaching the wearer’s mouth and nose.
According to the CDC Infection Control Standard Precautions, Dental Professionals should wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including masks, when splashes or sprays of blood and body fluids are likely. When choosing a mask, a health care professional should consider fit, fluid resistance, filtration ability and breathability.
According to the CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response dental health care personnel should select the highest level of personal protective equipment (PPE) available. For additional details please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html
To be effective, a respirator needs to be worn correctly throughout the duration of the exposure. Always follow the User Instructions included in your product packaging. Download our posters or watch the videos for a visual reference on how to don (put on), wear and doff (remove) your respirator.
OSHA does not require any specific certification for fit testers. In 29 CFR 1910/134 Appendix A, OSHA says, “The employer shall ensure that persons administering qualified fit testing are able to prepare test solutions, calibrate equipment and perform tests properly, recognize invalid tests and ensure that test equipment is in proper working order.
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3M is collaborating with several sterilization companies and institutions that are investigating ways for hospitals to safely decontaminate N95 FFRs. To that effect, 3M is committed to testing 3M N95 FFRs regarding the effect of the decontamination processes on fit and filtration performance.
We are in the process of testing treated 3M respirators from multiple sterilization companies and institutions. We do anticipate that additional information will be available as this work is completed and reviewed with regulatory agencies.
Considering the many variables involved in the process, decontamination of FFRs in the US should follow all requirements of the current EUA issued for each specific decontamination method.
Infection control is top-of-mind in today’s current environment. Review these commonly asked questions for additional information and resources.
Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for current guidance around elective and emergency visits and procedures, and for frequently asked questions about other important infection prevention topics.
Proper sterilization is vital to mitigating the risk of patient and staff exposure to pathogens – and routine monitoring is a critical part of sterile processing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend using multiple methods (chemical, mechanical, and biological) for monitoring your sterilization process.
Hand antiseptic should be conveniently placed for optimal point-of-care compliance. Mount automatic touchless dispensers on the wall or use a floor stand at readily accessible locations such as the waiting room, entrance to the treatment rooms, and next to gloves. Hand hygiene is particularly important before and after a procedure, and after touching common surfaces.
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