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    Ruth L Barratt
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    Good afternoon,
    I wondered if anyone can offer any advice about best practice when sterilising dental burrs. These are very difficult to effectively decontaminate even if manufactured as multi-use. I am interested to know if most dental surgeries now use single-use burrs or if some areas still reprocess them until their dental surgeons suggest they are too blunt?

    Thank you

    Ruth
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    #79382
    Michelle Lewis
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    Hi Ruth,

    All contra angled slow speed burs are single use and disposed of into sharps container at the end of each appointment.

    High speed diamond and tungsten carbide burs are processed in the following manner:

    1. Ultrasonic cleaner

    2. Rinsed

    3. Check under magnified illuminator

    4. Washer/disinfector

    5. Sterilised.

    Kind regards

    Michelle Lewis
    Dental Clinic Assistant Infection Control
    UWA Dental School/Oral Health Centre of WA
    M512, 17 Monash Avenue, Nedlands WA 6009

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    Good afternoon,
    I wondered if anyone can offer any advice about best practice when sterilising dental burrs. These are very difficult to effectively decontaminate – even if manufactured as multi-use. I am interested to know if most dental surgeries now use single-use burrs or if some areas still reprocess them until their dental surgeons suggest they are too blunt?

    Thank you

    Ruth
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    #79383
    David Callard
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    HI Ruth,
    This has been A very contentious issue with me for a few years now. We use a mix of sterile single use and reprocess able. I would like to move to all presterile single use, but cost is always raised.

    Good luck
    Kind regards
    Michelle Callard
    CNC IP SWSLHD

    > On 2 May 2022, at 3:51 pm, Ruth Barratt wrote:
    >
    > Good afternoon,
    > I wondered if anyone can offer any advice about best practice when sterilising dental burrs. These are very difficult to effectively decontaminate even if manufactured as multi-use. I am interested to know if most dental surgeries now use single-use burrs or if some areas still reprocess them until their dental surgeons suggest they are too blunt?
    >
    > Thank you
    >
    > Ruth
    >
    > Ruth Barratt, PhD, MAdvPrac (Hons), RN, CICP-E
    > Infection Prevention and Control Consultant
    > Christchurch, New Zealand
    > Tel (+64) 0212987888 | rannalong@gmail.com
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    #79384
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    Ruth,

    Royal Dental Hospital uses a mixture of single and multi-use, we use a huge number per day as a 142 chair, 3 DSU dental hospital.
    Contact me directly for further information as it is dependent on the type of bur.

    Regards
    Wendy

    Wendy Bacalja
    Principal Nursing Officer
    Infection Control Consultant – Statewide

    Dental Health Services Victoria
    oral health for better healthThe Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne
    720 Swanston Street | Carlton | VIC 3053
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    Good afternoon,
    I wondered if anyone can offer any advice about best practice when sterilising dental burrs. These are very difficult to effectively decontaminate – even if manufactured as multi-use. I am interested to know if most dental surgeries now use single-use burrs or if some areas still reprocess them until their dental surgeons suggest they are too blunt?

    Thank you

    Ruth
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    Infection Prevention and Control Consultant
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    Tel (+64) 0212987888 | rannalong@gmail.com

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