Do bib clips pose a cross-contamination risk at the dental clinic?
from Inside Dental Assisting
Dental instruments are either disposable or meant for multiple patient uses. Multiple-use items include dental mirrors, ultrasonic units, and patient napkin holders (ie, bib chains). These items require sterilization or disinfection procedures to reduce the risk of transmitting infection. Items contacting intact skin only, such as bib chains, have a relatively low risk of transmitting infection, and as such may be subject to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regulations requiring the use of intermediate- or low-level disinfectants.
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