Patient Protection

Patient protection is an issue of public concern.  Since the discovery of the AIDS (HIV) virus and the medical implications of Hepatitis-B, it has become necessary for health care facilities to consistently apply state-of-the-art sterilization and disinfecting techniques to provide patients with maximum protection.

In our office, your safety is our highest priority.  Throughout the day, we continuously and thoroughly sterilize our equipment for your protection.  Our protocol for sterilization includes the following:

Before and after each patient appointment, all treatment surfaces (e.g., countertops, chair surfaces, lights, x-ray machines, and trays) are disinfected with the most effective and safest products available.

To ensure your safety, we follow a number of standard sterilization procedures with all instruments and hand pieces.  First, they are brought into our sterilization area and placed in an ultrasonic cleaner to remove even microscopic debris.  The instruments and hand pieces are then rinsed thoroughly before being sterilized in an autoclave, which runs for 20 minutes and reaches a temperature of 400-425 degrees, thereby destroying all bacteria and all viruses.

Our autoclaves are monitored regularly to ensure their efficiency and safety.

Staff members use masks, safety glasses, and new gloves for each patient.

All staff members are updated annually in proper patient protection procedures and have been vaccinated against the Hepatitis-B and A viruses.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding patient protection and give you a personal tour of our sterilization facility.

All X-ray equipment is maximally filtered and dose-regulated to minimize exposure to the lowest need.  Lead shielding, although no longer needed due to the very low doses, is available for every patient, and the equipment is calibrated regularly.

The entire staff remains current in basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Dr. Ewig, in compliance with state regulations, remains current in more advanced forms of emergency care, and maintains a system for response to any medical emergencies that may occur.  Of course, no one wants to think about such things, but we are aware that our patients want to be assured of their protection.