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Hygienic processing of dental transmission instruments (handpieces and instruments, turbines) in dental practice



Hygienic processing of dental transmission instruments (handpieces and instruments, turbines) in dental practice



Zentralblatt für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin 198(1): 72-83



The efficacy of a steam disinfection method for the processing of used instruments in dental practice was tested with 274 high-speed turbines and handpieces. The instruments treated with streaming steam were both taken out of the dental practice of treatment and artificially contaminated with five different test-microorganisms (E. coli, P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, E. faecium, C. albicans) and different concentrations of serum (1%, 10%, 20%). In spite of the narrow channels of these instruments a microbial reduction of more than 5 log10 steps could be achieved in all cases. Thus dental high-speed turbines and handpieces can reliably be disinfected with streaming steam.

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