How to Manage Autoclaves, Waterlines and Amalgam Separators after a Dental Office Closure

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There’s a lot to manage related to re-opening a dental office after COVID-19 related closure. Please consider implementing these best practices related to your infection control protocols during this time.

Autoclaves and Amalgam Separators

  • Resume your normal weekly maintenance on autoclaves and separators, per the manufacturer manual. For separators, this includes flushing your vacuum lines with pH-balanced line cleaner on a scheduled basis to deter inorganic and organic buildup in the lines–even during non-usage.

Dental Unit Waterlines*

  • Shock your waterlines to ensure existing odor-causing bacteria are killed while enhancing the effectiveness of continual maintenance products.
  • Resume or start regular maintenance of dental unit waterlines.
  • Review the instructions for use for dental unit waterline products.
  • Recommended: test your water using a third-party lab such as Agenics.

Additional Resources*

* This information is from Sterisil, one of our waterline product suppliers.

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