The sterilization center must meet the specific needs of your practice. Look for setup options and different modules that let you arrange equipment according to your staff’s preferred way of working. The more flexible those options are, the better.
Here are some top questions to consider when buying a sterilization center:
Q. Is the dental cabinet system designed with sterilization procedures in mind?
A. It’s critical to take into account the standards and processing guidelines relevant to your country, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when purchasing a sterilization center.
Has the manufacturer:
- Developed a system that allows flexibility to observe the various guidelines as set by organizations such as the CDC?
- Published helpful information about how their product supports guidelines, and how you can use their sterilization center dental cabinetry in the manner intended?
- Designed their sterilization center with colors or visual cues to indicate “dirty” and “clean” areas
Q. Is the sterilization center designed for durability?
A. Sterilization processes are wet, dirty, and sometimes chaotic. Well-built cabinetry stands up to moisture and perpetual cleaning, and easily accommodates unexpected, temporary, larger volumes of work with an efficient design. Be sure to look for:
- Metal toe-kicks that resist potential damage from floor cleaning equipment.
- Drawers with durable stainless steel slide mechanisms.
- Solid surface countertops designed and manufactured to withstand exposure to constant moisture.
Q. Are there options for integrating sterilization technology?
A. Look for the ability to accommodate built-in ultrasonic cleaners, instrument dryers, and/or thermal disinfectors to significantly decrease instrument processing throughput time.
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