Effective decontamination of dental instruments presents a challenge. A number of groups are working to assist the dental team with some of the key issues. This page provides links to some helpful resources.
For in-practice training and information in relation to any infection control or decontamination queries contact the Quality Improvement In Practice Training Team.
For self-assessment, there are self-assessed Decontamination FAQs ( see below).
A series of documents providing guidance on decontamination is being developed by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness programme (SDCEP).
- The first of these documents Cleaning of Dental Instruments was initially published in March 2007 and update in October 2014.
- The second of these documents Sterilization of Dental Instruments was published in December 2011
- The third document Managing Decontamination into Practice was published in October 2014 and aims to help dental practices to create the documentation that underpins a decontamination management system.
Planning & Building
Information on preferred contractors for Local Decontamination Units (LDUs) approved by Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) is available- to see document click here (updated May 2013).
HFS have also produced a project management document for the provision of Local Decontamination Units (LDUs).
A list of Approved Decontamination Equipment is available. This was last updated in January 2018.
Please note:- Approved Decontamination Equipment list may change from time to time as new equipment is added and older machines become obsolete.
Dentists should contact Kris Lindsay, Commodity Manager on 0131 275 7454 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
Decontamination FAQ topics:
These answers have been provided by the Dental Decontamination Sub Group which was established to look at the specific issues faced by GDPs and is chaired by the Chief Dental Officer.
In addition to the answers currently provided a further group of questions are currently being addressed and these will be made available in due course.
If your query is not addressed by these answers, you can email questions to email@example.com