The top five Infection Prevention and Control risk areas for a dental practitioner and the evidence based strategies to manage them

Kylie Robb1

1Australian Dental Association NSW


Determining what the key Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) risks are for a practitioner through evidence based performance data allows for high impact, high value education and targeted resource development to ultimately protect the public and Health Care Workers (HCWs) in an office based dental practice.


A comprehensive review of IPC performance data for 99 dental practices was aggregated into key IPC risk areas. These areas were then ranked to determine the highest and lowest compliance scores. The top five compliance criteria within each identified IPC risk area was also ranked with subsequent risk treatment strategies determined against core documents listed within the Dental Board of Australia’s Guidelines on infection control.


The top five IPC risk areas identified were Hand Hygiene, Documentation (Knowledge and Policy), Aseptic Technique, Management of Sharps and Steam Sterilisers.


Understanding the needs of dental practitioners allows for the provision of relevant IPC continuing professional development that is more likely to increase overall IPC compliance.

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