OXNARD, Calif., USA: A recent report authored by John A. Molinari, Ph.D., and Peri Nelson, B.S., suggests that there are many advantages of using disposable bib holders in the dentist office that benefit both the patient and the dental practice. The report states that the use of disposable bib holders can eliminate the risk of patient-to-patient transmission of bacteria via the bib clip instead of just minimizing it.
“Multiple investigations have found that surfaces in the treatment environment can play a role in transmitting infectious diseases to medical patients. Thus, it’s worth exploring alternative methods, such as replacing traditional bib chains with disposable bib holders, to minimize these risk in the dental setting,” said Dr. Molinari, director of Infection Control at The Dental Advisor, which published the report.
Although dental bib chains only come into contact with the skin and are not used in the mouth, the report outlines the reasons bib chains require attention during the infection control process:
The report finds that the primary reason to use disposable bib holders is to eliminate the risk of transmitting bacteria from patient to patient via bib holders, not just minimize it. Yet, the authors identify a number of secondary advantages to using bid holders in the dental practice as well:
“After examining the various approaches to decontaminating and re-using bib chain versus using disposable bib holders, we’ve found that using disposable items is a positive addition to a practice’s infection control protocol and likely cost effective too,” added Molinari.
The report, titled “Disposable vs. Reusable Patient Bib Chains: Lowering the ‘YUCK’ Factor,” was published in The Dental Advisor, an evidence-based dental publication, and is available for download at www.DUXDental.com/BibChainComparison.