Homework: Infection Control In Dentistry

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Homework: Infection Control In Dentistry - Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Infection control is a number of recommended safety measures that dentists put into practice to protect their patients and staff in the office.

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      True

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      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Infection control is indeed a set of safety measures implemented by dentists to ensure the protection of both their patients and staff within the dental office. These measures include practices such as sterilizing instruments, wearing personal protective equipment, maintaining proper hygiene, and following guidelines to prevent the spread of infections.

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  • 2. 

    Rigorous infection control routine is essential to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A rigorous infection control routine is indeed essential to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. This includes measures such as proper hand hygiene, wearing personal protective equipment, disinfection of surfaces, and adherence to isolation protocols. By implementing these measures, the risk of transmission of infectious diseases can be minimized, protecting both healthcare workers and patients. Therefore, the statement "Rigorous infection control routine is essential to prevent the spread of infectious disease" is true.

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  • 3. 

    Many dental procedures necessitate direct contact with blood and blood contaminated saliva.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Many dental procedures, such as tooth extraction, root canal treatment, and periodontal surgery, involve direct contact with blood and blood-contaminated saliva. This is because the mouth is a highly vascular area, and bleeding is common during these procedures. Dentists and dental hygienists take precautions to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens by using gloves, masks, and other protective equipment. Therefore, it is true that many dental procedures require direct contact with blood and blood-contaminated saliva.

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  • 4. 

    To properly control infection in dental practice, the dental instruments and materials have to be either carefully sterilized or disposable.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    To prevent the spread of infection in dental practice, it is crucial to ensure that dental instruments and materials are either sterilized carefully or disposed of after each use. This is because dental procedures involve direct contact with bodily fluids and tissues, creating a risk of transmitting infectious agents. Sterilization kills all microorganisms on the instruments, while disposable materials eliminate the need for sterilization altogether. By following these protocols, dental practices can maintain a safe and hygienic environment for both patients and staff.

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  • 5. 

    Progress in equipments and supplies has allowed practices to establish safer processes at the same time as ensuring efficiency.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Advances in equipment and supplies have enabled practices to implement safer procedures while still maintaining efficiency. This suggests that the statement is accurate and true.

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  • 6. 

    The dental healthcare professional must ensure that all instruments are cleaned prior to sterilization.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is crucial for dental healthcare professionals to clean all instruments before sterilization to ensure proper infection control. Cleaning removes debris, biofilm, and other contaminants from the instruments, reducing the risk of cross-contamination and infection. Sterilization alone cannot effectively eliminate these contaminants, so cleaning is an essential step in the process. Therefore, the statement "The dental healthcare professional must ensure that all instruments are cleaned prior to sterilization" is true.

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  • 7. 

    The dental healthcare professional must ensure that instrument cleaning is done in a safe way to avoid injury and penetration wounds.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because instrument cleaning in dental healthcare must be done in a safe manner to prevent injury and penetration wounds. Dental instruments can be sharp and can cause harm if not handled properly. It is important for dental healthcare professionals to follow proper cleaning protocols and use appropriate safety measures to protect themselves and their patients from potential harm.

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  • 8. 

    Infection control programs include; preparing the examination and or treatment rooms in a disinfected condition prior to patient’s entry.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Infection control programs prioritize the safety and well-being of patients by ensuring that examination and treatment rooms are thoroughly disinfected before a patient enters. This measure helps to prevent the spread of infections and maintain a clean and sterile environment for medical procedures. By implementing these protocols, healthcare facilities can minimize the risk of cross-contamination and protect the health of their patients. Therefore, the statement "Infection control programs include preparing the examination and or treatment rooms in a disinfected condition prior to patient's entry" is true.

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  • 9. 

    Infection control programs include maintaining sterile field in handling dental equipment and supplies during procedures.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Infection control programs in dental settings are designed to prevent the spread of infections. One important aspect of these programs is maintaining a sterile field when handling dental equipment and supplies during procedures. This involves following strict protocols to ensure that all instruments and materials are properly cleaned, sterilized, and stored to prevent the transmission of pathogens. By maintaining a sterile field, the risk of cross-contamination and infection can be significantly reduced, making the statement "True."

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  • 10. 

    Infection control programs include cleaning and sterilization of reusable dental instruments and devices.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Infection control programs in dental practices are designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Cleaning and sterilization of reusable dental instruments and devices is an essential part of these programs to ensure that any potential pathogens are eliminated and the instruments are safe to use on patients. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 11. 

    Infection control programs include proper disposal of single use objects in dental practice.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Infection control programs in dental practice are designed to prevent the spread of infections. Proper disposal of single-use objects is an important aspect of infection control as it helps to minimize the risk of cross-contamination and transmission of infectious agents. By disposing of single-use objects such as gloves, masks, needles, and syringes, dental practices can ensure that these items are not reused, reducing the potential for spreading infections among patients and staff. Therefore, it is true that infection control programs include proper disposal of single-use objects in dental practice.

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  • 12. 

    Infection control regimen is to eliminate the transmission of infection among patients and dental workers without jeopardizing productivity. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because infection control is indeed a regimen that aims to prevent the spread of infections among patients and dental workers. It includes various measures such as hand hygiene, proper use of personal protective equipment, disinfection of surfaces, and sterilization of instruments. By implementing these practices, the risk of transmitting infections can be minimized while still maintaining productivity in dental settings.

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  • 13. 

    A cleaning and sterilization process must meets The American Dental Association (ADA) and Center for Diseases Control (CDC) guidelines.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the cleaning and sterilization process in dental practices must adhere to the guidelines set by reputable organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). These guidelines ensure that proper infection control measures are followed to prevent the spread of diseases and maintain a safe and hygienic environment for both patients and dental healthcare professionals.

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  • 14. 

    Taking a health history of a new patient prior to entering the examination room is of utmost importance to prepare the room accordingly.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Taking a health history of a new patient prior to entering the examination room is important because it allows healthcare professionals to gather essential information about the patient's medical background, current health conditions, and any potential risks or allergies. This information helps them prepare the examination room with the necessary equipment, medications, and precautions specific to the patient's needs. It ensures that the patient receives appropriate and personalized care, enhancing the overall quality and effectiveness of the examination.

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  • 15. 

    All patients must be treated as possibly infectious using the concept of Universal precautions.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Universal precautions is a set of infection control practices that assume all patients could potentially have an infectious disease. It requires healthcare providers to take certain precautions, such as wearing gloves, masks, and gowns, to minimize the risk of transmission of pathogens. By treating all patients as possibly infectious, healthcare providers can protect themselves and others from potential infections. Therefore, the statement that all patients must be treated as possibly infectious using the concept of Universal precautions is true.

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  • 16. 

    Some offices cover fixed heavy radiographic equipments with disposable protective covers, which are replaced in between patient’s care. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Offices that cover fixed heavy radiographic equipment with disposable protective covers that are replaced in between patient's care are implementing a safety measure to prevent the spread of germs and contaminants. This practice helps maintain a clean and hygienic environment for patients and staff, reducing the risk of cross-contamination. By using disposable covers, the equipment can be easily cleaned and sanitized, ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone involved.

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  • 17. 

    For each patient, new clean disposable saliva ejector, suction tubes and disposable air and water syringes tips are placed on the unit.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because it states that for each patient, new clean disposable saliva ejector, suction tubes, and disposable air and water syringe tips are placed on the unit. This practice ensures hygiene and prevents the spread of infections between patients. By using new disposable items for each patient, the risk of cross-contamination is minimized, promoting a safe and sterile environment for dental procedures.

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  • 18. 

    For each patient, new sterile handpiece and burrs are placed on the unit.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement is true because it is a standard practice in healthcare settings to use new sterile handpieces and burrs for each patient. This helps to prevent the spread of infections and ensures the safety and well-being of patients. Reusing these instruments can lead to cross-contamination and increase the risk of transmitting harmful pathogens. Therefore, it is essential to follow proper infection control protocols and use new sterile instruments for each patient.

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  • 19. 

    All health care workers should use appropriate barrier precautions to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is important for all healthcare workers to use appropriate barrier precautions, such as gloves, masks, and gowns, to protect themselves and prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure to infectious materials. This is necessary to reduce the risk of transmission of diseases and maintain a safe healthcare environment. Therefore, the statement "All healthcare workers should use appropriate barrier precautions to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure" is true.

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  • 20. 

    During contact with any patient's blood or body fluids universal precautions must be followed.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Universal precautions are a set of infection control measures that healthcare workers must follow to prevent the transmission of bloodborne pathogens. These precautions include wearing gloves, masks, and protective clothing, as well as practicing proper hand hygiene and safely disposing of sharps. By following universal precautions, healthcare workers can protect themselves and others from potential infections and maintain a safe healthcare environment. Therefore, it is important to follow universal precautions during contact with any patient's blood or body fluids, making the answer "True".

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  • 21. 

    Using gloves, gowns, masks, and protective eyeglasses is a part of the universal precautions regimen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The use of gloves, gowns, masks, and protective eyeglasses is a standard practice in healthcare settings to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. These precautions are considered universal because they are applied to all patients regardless of their infection status. By wearing these protective equipment, healthcare workers can minimize the risk of exposure to pathogens and protect both themselves and their patients. Therefore, the statement that using gloves, gowns, masks, and protective eyeglasses is a part of the universal precautions regimen is true.

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  • 22. 

    The dental staff should maintain the universal precautionary measures and not to break the barrier technique during the procedures.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because maintaining universal precautionary measures and not breaking the barrier technique during dental procedures is essential to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. By following these precautions, such as wearing gloves, masks, and protective eyewear, dental staff can minimize the risk of exposure to pathogens and ensure the safety of both themselves and their patients.

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  • 23. 

    Common infection control approach should further reduce the small risk for salivary transmission of HIV.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because a common infection control approach can help reduce the risk of salivary transmission of HIV. Although HIV can be present in saliva, the concentration of the virus is usually very low, making transmission through saliva rare. Additionally, HIV is fragile and does not survive well outside the body. By implementing standard infection control measures like practicing good oral hygiene, using protective barriers (such as gloves and masks), and sterilizing dental instruments, the risk of HIV transmission can be further minimized.

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  • 24. 

    Prevention of penetrating injury by contaminated instrument to the dental staff is considered an important mean of infection control.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Preventing penetrating injury by contaminated instruments to dental staff is indeed an important aspect of infection control. By ensuring that the dental staff is protected from potential injuries caused by contaminated instruments, the risk of transmission of infectious diseases can be significantly reduced. This emphasizes the significance of implementing proper safety measures and protocols in dental settings to safeguard the well-being of the staff and prevent the spread of infections.

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  • 25. 

    To prevent needle stick injuries, needles should not be manually handled or manipulated.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    To prevent needle stick injuries, it is recommended to avoid manually handling or manipulating needles. This is because such actions increase the risk of accidental needle pricks, which can lead to the transmission of infectious diseases. By implementing measures like using safety devices, proper disposal methods, and following established protocols, healthcare professionals can effectively minimize the occurrence of needle stick injuries and ensure a safer working environment.

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  • 26. 

    Subsequent to their usage, disposable sharp objects should be placed in puncture-resistant biohazard containers for disposal.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Disposing of disposable sharp objects in puncture-resistant biohazard containers is necessary to prevent injuries and the spread of infectious diseases. These containers are specifically designed to safely store sharp objects like needles and blades, reducing the risk of accidental needlesticks or cuts. This practice is crucial in healthcare settings where sharp objects are commonly used and may come into contact with bodily fluids. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 27. 

    Using a proper method of transporting instruments is a part of infection control procedure.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Transporting instruments in a proper method is indeed a part of infection control procedure. This is because instruments used in medical procedures can carry harmful microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses. By using a proper method of transportation, such as using sterile containers or packaging, the risk of cross-contamination and the spread of infections can be minimized. Therefore, it is essential to follow infection control procedures, including proper transportation methods, to ensure the safety of patients and healthcare professionals.

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  • 28. 

    Using an appropriate cleaning technique by hand rubbing the used instruments is a part of infection control procedure.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Hand rubbing is an effective cleaning technique that helps to remove dirt, debris, and microorganisms from used instruments. This process is crucial in infection control procedures as it helps to prevent the spread of infections. Hand rubbing involves vigorously rubbing the instruments with soap, water, and friction to ensure thorough cleaning. By using this technique, healthcare professionals can maintain a clean and safe environment for patients and prevent the transmission of harmful pathogens. Therefore, the given statement is true.

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  • 29. 

    Using locked cassette system and or instruments washers is an alternative method in infection control procedure.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because using a locked cassette system and instrument washers is indeed an alternative method in infection control procedures. These systems and washers help to ensure that medical instruments are properly cleaned, disinfected, and stored, reducing the risk of infection transmission. The locked cassette system allows for efficient and safe transportation of instruments, while instrument washers use high-pressure water and detergents to thoroughly clean and disinfect the instruments. Overall, these methods contribute to maintaining a sterile and safe healthcare environment.

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  • 30. 

    It is mandatory to use an effective sterilization method to sterilize dental instruments.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Sterilizing dental instruments is crucial to prevent the spread of infections and diseases. Effective sterilization methods, such as autoclaving or chemical sterilization, ensure that all microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, are killed. This helps maintain a safe and hygienic environment for dental procedures, protecting both patients and dental professionals from potential infections. Therefore, it is indeed mandatory to use an effective sterilization method for dental instruments.

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  • 31. 

    Contaminated sharp instruments should be handled carefully to prevent percutaneous injury. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Contaminated sharp instruments should be handled carefully to prevent percutaneous injury. This statement is true because contaminated sharp instruments, such as needles or scalpels, can pose a risk of transmitting infectious diseases if they accidentally puncture the skin. By handling them carefully, healthcare professionals can minimize the chances of percutaneous injuries and protect themselves and others from potential infections.

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  • 32. 

    Contaminated sharp instruments should be placed in a suitable container at the area of use to avoid percutaneous injuries during transport.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Contaminated sharp instruments should be placed in a suitable container at the area of use to avoid percutaneous injuries during transport. This is true because sharp instruments that are contaminated with potentially infectious materials can pose a risk of injury to healthcare workers during transport. Placing them in a suitable container at the area of use ensures that they are safely contained and reduces the risk of accidental injuries.

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  • 33. 

    The person handling the instruments through removal, cleaning, packaging and sterilization needs to use heavy-duty gloves. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The person handling instruments through removal, cleaning, packaging, and sterilization needs to use heavy-duty gloves because these tasks involve contact with potentially contaminated materials, chemicals, and sharp objects. Heavy-duty gloves provide protection against cuts, punctures, and exposure to harmful substances, ensuring the safety and hygiene of both the person handling the instruments and the patients who will use them.

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  • 34. 

    The use of heavy duty gloves helps to prevent injury with sharp contaminated instruments.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The use of heavy-duty gloves is an effective measure to prevent injury when handling sharp and contaminated instruments. These gloves provide an extra layer of protection, reducing the risk of cuts, punctures, and exposure to harmful substances. By wearing heavy-duty gloves, healthcare professionals and individuals working with sharp objects can significantly minimize the chances of accidents and potential infections. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 35. 

    Instruments’ cleaning is usually done by hand scrubbing one instrument at a time holding it low in a large sink using hot water and soap.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that instruments' cleaning is indeed usually done by hand scrubbing one instrument at a time. This method ensures thorough cleaning and allows for proper inspection of each instrument. By holding the instrument low in a large sink and using hot water and soap, any dirt, debris, or contaminants can be effectively removed. This manual cleaning process is commonly followed in order to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the instruments.

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  • 36. 

    Mechanical methods of instrument cleaning rather than hand scrubbing minimize handling of instruments and the risk of puncture injury.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Mechanical methods of instrument cleaning, such as using ultrasonic cleaners or washer-disinfectors, are preferred over hand scrubbing because they minimize the need for direct handling of instruments. This reduces the risk of puncture injuries that can occur when handling sharp instruments manually. Therefore, the statement that mechanical methods of instrument cleaning minimize handling of instruments and the risk of puncture injury is true.

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  • 37. 

    Prior to sterilization, instruments and cassettes are placed in single use packages such as wrap, paper pouches, plastic pouches.

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In order to ensure sterility, instruments and cassettes are placed in single-use packages like wrap, paper pouches, and plastic pouches before undergoing sterilization. This is done to prevent any contamination or exposure to pathogens during the sterilization process. By using these single-use packages, healthcare facilities can maintain a sterile environment and reduce the risk of infections. Therefore, the statement "Prior to sterilization, instruments and cassettes are placed in single-use packages such as wrap, paper pouches, plastic pouches" is true.

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  • 38. 

    The best advice is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for each brand of sterilizer as they are medical devices.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Following the manufacturer's instructions for each brand of sterilizer is the best advice because sterilizers are medical devices. Medical devices should be used according to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer to ensure their safe and effective use. Therefore, it is true that the best advice is to follow the manufacturer's instructions for each brand of sterilizer.

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  • 39. 

    The dental worker should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations concerning sterilization time, temperature and pressure. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The dental worker should follow the manufacturer's recommendations concerning sterilization time, temperature, and pressure because these guidelines are specifically designed to ensure effective sterilization of dental instruments. By following the manufacturer's recommendations, the dental worker can minimize the risk of cross-contamination and ensure the safety of patients. It is important to adhere to these guidelines to maintain proper infection control protocols in the dental office.

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  • 40. 

    Biological monitors are the most dependable method to confirm that proper sterilization of instruments.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Biological monitors are considered the most dependable method to confirm proper sterilization of instruments because they involve the use of live microorganisms that are known to be resistant to sterilization processes. These monitors are placed alongside the instruments being sterilized and are subjected to the same sterilization conditions. If the biological monitor shows no growth of microorganisms after the sterilization process, it indicates that the instruments have been properly sterilized. This method provides a higher level of assurance compared to other methods such as chemical indicators or visual inspections.

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