Infection control and universal precautions protect our patients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control. Infection control is the cornerstone of doctor-patient trust. Please feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Davis.
Dr. Davis and our entire team follow procedures recommended by the following federal agencies: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Infection control measures include, but are not limited to:
- Disinfectant hand soap and gel
- Gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use (including handpieces)
All blankets, pillows and scented compress covers are washed after every use
Self-contained water system treated for microbes
- Regular spore testing of all autoclaves (An autoclave is a sterilization device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.)
We sterilize all reusable instruments and equipment after every use. If a product or piece of equipment was in the room, it is sterilized whether it was used or not.
When Dr. Davis designed our facility, he wanted to do everything possible to create the cleanest environment for our patients. He decided to use a self-contained water system. City water does not run to our treatment suites through any of our equipment lines. Instead, we have self-contained bottles that are filled with city water and treated to control microbe growth. Why fill with city water instead of sterile water? It has been proven that even “sterile” water can harbor microbes. We decided to go the extra mile to ensure control over our water lines. We purge our lines for two minutes after treatment and for an additional minute just before the patient sits down. We routinely purge and flush the lines with a cleaner to control microbe growth. Additionally, we purge the lines nightly and they are left to dry out until we return the following day. This may seem like a lot of extra work, but our patients are worth it!
Even our spa amenities such as blankets, pillows, scented compress covers and facial drapes are washed after every use. We have a washer and dryer on premise to ensure you are protected at all times. It is just one more way we choose to go above and beyond for our patients.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.