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Infection Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease (COVID-19 and Flu)

BIDC views sterilization and infection prevention controls within its core of its operations. Aside from heavy and strict routine sterilization controls, our dental center has a dedicated infection and prevention control team that looks after preventing and curbing the spread of potential contagious diseases including the new Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and flu. We go beyond required standards and have taken additional preventive meansures that we have implemented against the spread of the Coronavirus are done in stages and at different points of our patients journey visit at BIDC:

  1. Before Dental Care
  2. During Dental Care
  3. After Dental Care
  4. Standard Preparations at BIDC on Infection Prevention and Controls
  5. Standard Sterilization Practices at BIDC as Routine Process

 

1. Before Dental Care

Screening Before Check-in

Before providing for your dental appointment, we requests that our patients are in good health. If you are ill or do not feel well,  we may recommend you to delay / postphone your appointment until you are in good health. During booking of your appointment, our dental center will attempt to arrange patients at separate phase out intervals to enable safe patient numbers within our dental center for social distancing throughout the day.  BIDC develops and carry out process flow on the early detection and management of potentially infectious patients at initial points of entry.

Instructions on Infection Control Ettique

On arrival at our entrance, our registered nurses will take your temperature. If respiratory illness or any risk base symptons are detected, you may requested to wait in an separate area  for further assessment in determining to proceed with your dental visit or delaying your treatment. Your nurse may provide you with masks and advice on infection control ettique for hand hygiene, and social distancing whilst waiting during your visit. 

High-powered air-purifiers are kept turned on at waiting areas and there are hand sanitizer gels dotted at various touch point counters, lifts and public lobby areas for your use at BIDC dental clinic.

 

Front Screening

Picture of Individualized dated viewpacks,  Bangkok International Dental Center's sterilization practice
Registered BIDC nurses assess incoming patients at entrance

 

2. During Dental Care

Use of Standard and Transmission Precautions 

At BIDC dental center, standard precautions on hand hygiene, use of personal protective wear and equipment (gloves, masks, eyewear), respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, sharps and safe safety practices, sterile instruments and devices, clean and disinfected environmental surfaces is part of our routine sterilization process, policies and practices. Standard precautions refers to the above minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, in any health care setting. Being JCI accredited whereby BIDC is audited on the quality, treatment and infection process controls, we continually educate, refresh and already train our dental care providers (dentists and staff) to comply with the critical elements of Standard Precautions. When Standard Precautions alone cannot prevent transmission of infectious diseases, Transmission-Based Precautions are taken. This second tier of infection prevention is used when patients have diseases that may or can spread through contact, droplet or airborne routes. Normally dental clinics are not typically designed to for Transmission-Based Precautions. At BIDC dental center,  we resource and are able to carry out airborne precautions for patients with suspected infectious diseases (suchd as coronavirus, tuberculosis, measles, or chickenpox) as we use an JCI ambulatory care protocol settings.

Should any risk based patients on possible contagious disease be identified, Transmission-Based Precautions are applied. We requests them to be treated separately in designated treatment rooms and waiting areas apart of other patients. Full personal protective equipment (PPE) including disposal gown, N95 masks and face-shield are worn and properly discarding before exiting the treatment room. As much as posssible, we use disposable or dedicated patient-care equipment for all our dental treatments. Cleaning and disinfection of these specific designated treatment room is additional prioritized after each use or set at the end of the day. The designated treatment room is meant only for Transmission-Based Precautions and separate from other patients treatment rooms and levels. 

Clinical Technique During Treatment

Rubber dams and custom-made containment dividers are used during dental treatment. This is to reduce aerosol spread into the air. Pre-procedural mouthrinse with may be requested as additional preventive measures. We use European designed dental unit that are equiped with high-powered suction units that draws away any body secretion and vapours. 

Spacing out treatment rooms inter-changingly

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Your dentist and dental assistants are trained in proper technique on donning and doffing of masks, respirators and gowns. Standard basic PPE used for standard precautions include gloves, surgical masks and eyewear. Additional protective devices for transmission-base precuations include higher-grade masks (such as N95 masks), face shielf and disposable gowns.

Room Ventilation

BIDC is a one-stop dental building, our dental building is designed for dentistry whereby ventilation vents and airflow design has been taken into consideration during the planning and design of our dental center. Each treatment room has fitted air sunction vents that removes airbourne contaminants. Your dentist inter-change treatment rooms after each patient to enable disinfection of used treatment room and settling of any airbourne droplets.  

Ultra-violet (UV) Pulse Light

An additional step to kill off virus in the airbourne and on surfaces added to our cleaning and disinfection flow of treatment room is the use of  Ultra-violet (UV) Pulse Light. After each use, treatment rooms are sterilized additionally with UV light.

PPE Wear

Picture of Individualized dated viewpacks,  Bangkok International Dental Center's sterilization practice
Protection masks, eye shield and disposal gowns are used
Customized Protection
Picture showing visual check procedures after cold sterilization before autoclaving
To prevent airbourne sprays, additional customized dividers are used
UV Pulse Light

Picture showing visual check procedures after cold sterilization before autoclaving

UV light used to sterilize and kill virus in air and on surfaces 

 

3. After Dental Care

Disinfection in-between patients

Our treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected after each use with approved anti-viral disinfectants. Our infection prevention and control team vets through hand gels, cleaning disinfectants, laundry detergents on its components and ingredients as well as its percentage concentration before each brand of cleaning agent is used within our sterilization rooms, treatment room or public areas. This ensures that proper and correct controls are used for its various purpose. There are spill-kits and  eye-wash station for housekeeping staff on safe removal of hazarduous substances or chemicals.

Disposal one-time use patient items are used as much as possible during your dental treatment. Any reused fabrics and items are pre-selected for its anti-bacterial properties. Even our selected sourced dental units are chosen for its easy on sterilization design or disinfection surface materials.

Daily Cleaning and Disinfection of Environment

Public spaces are cleaned are regular intervals. This include door handles, desks, evalators and bathrooms using hospital-grade approved cleaners. Disposed waste are separate into infectious and general waste bins and never mixed for proper discarding of infectious items.
At BIDC, our waiting areas, corridors and common areas are sprayed with high concentrate sanitizer every end of the day. This is as another additional step to get rid of any viruses and germs that may have remain on surfaces and airborne during daytime.

 

Sanitizer Sprays

Picture showing visual check procedures after cold sterilization before autoclaving
Public areas are disinfected


4. Standard Preparations at BIDC on Infection Prevention and Controls

In order to prevent the spread of flu between staff or to patients, flu vaccines and has a health check is done annually for all our staff. It is compulsory for our staff to undergo orientation and training every year on the aspect of infection prevention control for hand hygiene, basic life support (BLS), ethnics and patient safety policies amongst other courses. Staff and dentists are checked in complying with our treatment, quality and control standards following JCI guidelines. 

Your staff is therefore vigillence on patient safety and infection prevention. There are cleaning and disinfectant strategies for each department including housekeeping, dental assistances and registered nurses. 

 

 


5. Standard Sterilization Practices at BIDC as Routine Process