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At 'Practical Decontamination' we bring you our Top 10 Tips to check-out before purchasing your decontamination equipment and the 'best-buys' with 'Target' prices that you should not need to pay more than! We also get you advance information on special offers, updates on the latest trends in decontamination, along with details of new and up-and-coming features on this dedicated to local decontamination website and of course, new dental-related services being offered. Get Involved! The more you use the site and provide information, complete our simple surveys, give us your news items, tell us what's on in Dental in and around your village, town or city, the better and more informed the site, you and your colleagues will be. We aim to keep it free unless you are trade or for-profit event. How about buying recycled equipment? We have real issues with potential electrical safety on essential medical devices. It could also be a pressure vessel and fall under the relevant codes or simply things like the logistics of weight and transportation. So if you want to try and resell, better use a dental retailer who will specialise in used equipment and can check them out for operational safety. It could be a real gamble buying used equipment.You may have no idea of its past reliability unless perhaps you have a service history or a genuine sellers reason to part with equipment. In the long run a new piece of kit will have a warranty and probably be more cost effective to operate & subsequently, maintain. We know of several top dental manufactures and the Government agency MHRA, responsible for enforcing compliance such as: falsely CE marking medical products, have carried out 'raids' on dental premises to check the authenticity and fraudulent use of the CE mark. They also checked products such as dental handpieces for fraudulent use of company trade marks and found many copy-cat brands that were confiscated.

SCAM!  beware of "strangers" asking for equipment quotes!!   

So out of the blue you get a 'genuine' request for a quotation for say...10 sterilizers. Good you think, business has been a bit slow? It's from a named purchasing manager at a hospital or university. You check on line and sure enough, the person and email exists. You email back to check out some more details and alarm bells should start to ring......Look closely at the phone &email address that ends in That's not right is it?  he wants delivery to a different address. He also promises terms of payment 30 days net. You should know what happens or doesn't happen next? If the scammer gets past the 1st hurdle with luck your courier will smell a rat and ring you to ask if this back street dive is really where he should leave circa £50,000 worth of equipment. If you have your own experiences of this worrying dodgy practice don't keep it to yourself, let your trade body & the police's fraud!!

Laying down plans are a sure way to to drive you forward to the next stage. Jumping with both feet into the murky do's and not-to-do's of decon planning can sometimes seem daunting. So look on it as a challenge! If you get it right you will have a smooth efficient workflow, happy staff, satisfied regulators and yes, save some money over the long-term. If you get it wrong however it will be the opposite! Start out with Quality Products, Quality Companies, Quality After-Care and if you get these right you can soon forget the trauma of regulatory compliance. Remember…Its not all about the lowest price! That doesn't mean simply accepting what you are told is right for you. Treat it like any other major purchase you make and you won't go far wrong
This is what is behind our decon-site, to help and assist you to make the informed and right choices.


      BREXIT soft/

What will it mean for the dental profession and the dental trade? Less freedom of  movement for professionals and staff, the  tumbling pound and of course, what will happen to all of our 'lovely' European compliance documents and standards that we have all been working from for several decades? Just the latter could take years to unravel, just as it has taken years to put together! Our embattled PM has said she has a strong  negotiating team and a strong leader all dedicated to the mammoth task of removing ourselves  but with recent reports it is looking pretty grim.we don't seem to have only just, shakily, got over the first hurdle! However, article 50 wasinvoked and we all wait with great interest (trepidation) over the next months and perhaps years to see how the 'plan' pans out! Meanwhile the falling pound , good for exporters but for us it runs the real risk that because dental products are in the main, not homegrown, there will be increases in costs of equipment and consumables especially from late 2017 and into 2018 when stocks are depleted and need to be replenished at the new rate . Perhaps its time to look at some 'bargains' in our equipment pages. Showcase Birmingham was particularly quiet this year so manufacturers and distributers need the business so don't be frightened to haggle on price/delivery or installation.

     'Expert's' Presentation....   .....reveals  'startling' results.

A Startling Result, for perhaps only  the expert working group that had issued their brief but contraversial statement from Glasgow In 2013 stating they could find no evidence to support the use or purchase of a vacuum sterilizer when processing hollow  instruments, including of course, dental handpieces. This advice appeared at the time to rebuff  the established principals of complete air-removal being absolutely necessary in the  assurance of sterility. The note issued from the working group had also stunned sterilizer manufactures whom for some time had been moving investment & production away from traditional displacement machines towards the B- cycle vacuum machines, as is the norm in the rest of Europe. It did of course also throw sterilizer training establishments, training experts and advisors into total confusion, to say the least!

The time, effort and ultimately the  result, 'proving' that the N cycle was ineffective, was however somewhat 'expected' for the audience at the CSC Annual Scientific Meeting, recently held at Leicester. The team involved in this painstaking work, the methodology and findings were presented by Andrew Smith, well respected Consultant Medical Microbiologist at the Glasgow Dental School. It was obvious from the reaction from the audience that it was "preaching to the converted" given the lack of surprise shown by the results. However there seemed to be more surprise, that this research had to be carried out in the first place! 

More news will come on this and the implication that these findings will have in hopefully addressing the general confusion for the decontamination educators the dental team and purchasing decision makers as well as manufactures and suppliers!

CSC Autumn Study Day proves once again to be a great success! Held on Monday 11th September, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Post Graduate Centre, topics presented and discussed were focussed on the HTM01-01 guidance documents for decontamination of surgical instruments. Although the topical debate is around endoscopes the implications for dentistry is also very relevant owing to the shear numbers and complexities of dental instruments being processed. Some excellent presentations discussed how we were 'coping' with the new limits set in the HTM guidance of 5μg per instrument. This unit of measurement was in itself controversial as it appeared to one presenter to have been a figure backed with little supported evidence and it 'favoured' larger instruments as it was only per instrument, regardless of size. Bob Kingston AeD, the final presenter questioned from a practical 'real world' point of view, if we were perhaps looking in the wrong place by detailing too much around how we measure  protein, how we go about detecting and testing for it, when he sees, in his every-day advice visits that more attention should be given to staff training around loading of instruments into washer-disinfectors. Bob also suggested a degree of pre-cleaning/washing as soon as instruments are used (even in theatres) could solve a lot of issues further down the decontamination line! A lively debate ensued!  

Don't forget the Fake Dental Equipment issue hasn't gone away! So please check once again that what you are using or have been given to use is from a genuine manufacture and supplied from a reputable source, preferably from a BDIA member company. Fake, is not just restricted to instruments but also to consumable items that look like the genuine thing, but are at best areless effective and at worse, downright dangerous! 

Are we being over regulated?                                                                                          Are we overloaded with just too much information and advice? Have you seen any ridiculous, obvious or even pointless signs? Let us all enjoy your findings with a few words or asimple photo you have seen; as above!