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What procedure do you use to sterilize dental equipment?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Dental Assistant interview

Advice
The interviewer wants to know if you are aware of the fundamental procedures you would have to perform as a dental assistant. Do your homework, beforehand!

As cross-infection is possible in any dental surgery, so, a designated area or "clean" room is present for receiving, cleaning off debris, disinfecting, sterilizing and storing all sterile dental equipment.

The manual way to clean the instruments is by scrubbing, using a chemical or detergent agent, rinsing very thoroughly with clean water, and avoiding any splashes.

You could also mention that using automated equipment can prove more efficient as the instruments eliminate the need for soaking or scrubbing beforehand. This method also prevents the dental assistant from being exposed to contaminants.

To reduce injury; gloves, face-masks, and gowns must be worn at all times. To impress the interviewer, you can always finish answering this question by saying that many organizations across America insist on long-handled brushes to keep the hands away from sharp instruments!
Basic answer example
"clean"
Entry Level answer example
"I was trained to manually sterilize dental equipment by the method of pre-soaking and scrubbing utensils using a chemical agent. I am also versed in the importance of proper protective equipment such as gloves, a face-mask, and a gown."
Experienced answer example
"Sterilization methods have changed over the years so, for that reason, I am well versed in both manual and automated serialization. In my current position, I work in an office that uses a high tech automated system, which is what I prefer. Which method do you use in your office?"

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What procedure do you use to sterilize dental equipment?
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Disinfect, ultrasonic, autoclave.
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Boil for 30minutes in hot water.
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Clean the instruments or rinse them off, then put them in a ultrasonic and then package and then put them in an autoclave.
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Transport, clean and sterlize.
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Transport the item, clean, package sterlize.
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Ultrasonic or disinfectate.
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Clean the instruments with scrubbing brush lightly and rinse them off, then put them in a ultrasonic and then package and then put them in an autoclave.
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A solution mixed with water into a ultra sonic for 8-10 minutes then bag them and put hen into the sterilizer.
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Ultrasonic is not a form of sterilization^^. Autoclave or cold sterile.
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Strength and weakness.
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Remove instruments, change gloves and spray or use sani wipes to sterilize equipment.
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I would assume proper sterilization instruments.
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I would rinse and clean instruments making sure their is no debree on them. Then I would put them inside of the Ultasonic for cleansing, afterwards I would stick them inside a sterilization package to put them inside autoclave.
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Clean the Instruments with disinfectant rinse them off, place them inside sterlization bag and then put them inside the autoclave.
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Rinse the instruments then ultrasonic then bag and autoclave.
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Scrub dirty instruments, place them in ultrasonic, rinse when done, bag intruments then place instruments in statim to be steralized.
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One every procedure.
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Transport, cleaning, autoclave, package, sterilize.
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Rinse, scrub, place in ultrasonic, and then statim or autoclave.
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Transfer instruments from operatory. Rinse, if there is time, and toss into ultrasonic. After sufficient time. Then, package into autoclave bags, either with strips or not and after autoclave is full.... Simply turn autoclave on.
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First instruments are scrubbed and inspected, put into ultrasonic cleaner, and then bagged and sterilized.
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I clean the instrument then ultrasonic them rinse then autclave.
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I start by cleaning them then ultrasonic and autoclave the equipment.
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Desinfect in the ultrasonic bag them then put them in the autoclave.
25.
Put on protective equipment, clean off the instruments, put them in the ultrasonic. Then lay them out, bag them and then into the autoclave to sterilize.
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Clean the instruments and then ultrasonic then rinse them and put them into autoclave for sterilisation.
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Rinse instruments then palce them in ultrasonic then rinse them off and bag them, then palce in autoclave.
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Clean wiith disinfectant then ultrasonic and packing to put in autoclave.
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Putting the items in the shaker then in the autoclave.
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Transporation of dirty instruments in a box to decontamination room, placed in ultrasonic bath then examined t see if any debris remains, then in the autoclave. Instruments will be bagged depending if vaccum or not.
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First they are wipes off and put into the ultrasonic, than rinsed off and packaged for the timed autoclave.
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Rinse dental instrument, bag it properly and then autoclave it.
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Clean, ultrasonic cleaner device, pack them, and put them into the sterilize machine.
34.
An ultrasonic and the autoclave.
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Instruments are placed in the ultrasonic before being autoclaved,
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Ultrasonic cleaner then bag and autoclave.
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As I do not have experience I do not know. I am willing to learn and learn fast.
38.
Follow the trust policies and procedures to sterilize.
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At the CVTC dental clinic, we would put all the instruments in a presoak first. Next, the instruments would get transferred to the ultra-sonic for about ten minutes. Then the cassettes get rinsed with water and placed on a drying rack. Then before the kits get packaged is to make sure everything is dry. Cassettes get wrapped in blue paper. Hand pieces go in pouches and any other smaller instruments not in kits. Next put aside all packaged instruments and kits to be loaded for the autoclave. Run everything through the autoclaves and sterilizers and take out and make sure they are sterilized.
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Instrument Processing? First I would wipe down all the equipment and surfaces in the dental examine room, then I would take the dirty instruments to the sterilization station and take a brush to get large debris off the instruments. Then I would put the instruments into the ultrasonic. Then when that's done I would wash them off and package them for the autoclave and place them in. After they were done I would set up the trays with the right instruments.
41.
Whatever procedure you use here.
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I first wash the instruments with soap and a brush, then place them in the ultrasonic, dry them in the heater, then bag and place them in the sterilizer.
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Ultrasonic cleaning and steam sterilization.
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1. Use appropriate process for the segregation, cleaning and sterilization of re-usable items, and for the appropriate disposal of single-use items. 2. Understand the various cleaning and sterilization devices available in the United States, as well as the various methods by which they sterilize and clean instruments. 3. Select the correct materials used in preparing instruments prior to sterilization, package instruments appropriately for sterilization and ensure correct storage of sterile instruments. 4. Understand the various tests that are available to ensure the sterility of instruments, and what these tests can be used for and will show.
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Midmark autoclave, statim.
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Clean them first and then but them in disinfective agent and then outocleave.
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Scrub, ultrasonic, sterilise.
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Put in dental sterilization pouches and put in the auto clave.
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Steam, statim and autoclave to kill all kinds of micro organisms including spores.
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What I used in my old office, we used Chemiclaves, but I can also work with an autoclave.
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Items that need to be heat or dry sterilized I would use a steam autoclave and any other items would be put in cold sterile solution, glutealdehyde for a min of 10 hours.
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You put in autoclave and ultrasonic after.
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Place the instruments in the ultrasonic for 8 min, rinse the instrument, bag them and put them into the autoclave.
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Place instruments unto ultrasonic rinse and place them into the autoclave.
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Clean or rinse them off, place in the ultrasonic, package instruments and place in the autoclave.
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Sterling pouches in Auto cave.
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I prefer to use hot water.
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I like the autoclave machine-- it seems to get the job done quickly and efficiently. There's also the cold sterile method for heat-sensitive items.
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Depends on what the office has.
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I put the instruments through the ultrasonic for 10 minutes then take it out and wrap them and put them in the autoclave.
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I follow the standard sterilization procedures and follow the manual on how to correctly use each individual equipment.
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Place them in the ultrasonic cleaner for 10mins, rinse, let them air dry then bag the instruments, place in autoclave or statium.
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At my office we use a steam sterilizer.
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Ultrasonic, bag, autoclave.
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Hot air oven, autoclave, spirit cotton.
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All reused instrument we are doing ssterilize.
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Manual or mechanical washing then disinfecting with proper sterilizers.
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Starting with the dirty equipment, go through the process of sterilization.
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Disinfecting and sterilizing.
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Scrub altar sonic bath auto crave.
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I make sure I have all the protective gear ( mask, glasses, utility gloves). I would place the instruments in the ultrasonic machine for 45 minutes, wash them after, bag them, and place them in to the autoclave.
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You clean the equipment with a brush then you put them in the machine.
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Manual clean, setting down area, bath, setting down area, washer disenfector, inspection, oil hand pieces, autoclave all instruments and hand pieces,
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Ultra sonic bath/washer disinfector.
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Ultra sonic and auto clave.
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Ultrasonic then autoclave.
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Run instruments through the ultrasonic, rinse, package then put them in the statim or M11
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Ultrasonic, wash then bag.
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Ultra sonic, Stadem or autoclave.
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Cold sterile, ultrasonic and heat and wash and heat.
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Transport, rinsed, ultrasonic, packaged to the autoclave.
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Put instruments in ultrasonic solution scrape them off if needed rinse them and put them in pouches then in autoclave.
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We used ultrasonic and brush technique then bagged and used the statim or autoclave (high heat steam sterilization)
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You use nitrate to clean it sanitize the equipment and leave it to dry.
85.
I wash off the dental equipment then place it in the ultrasonic then bag it and put it in the autoclave to sterilize.
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Ultrasonic, statim. Cold sterile.
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Pre soak, ultrasonic, rust resistant milk bath, autoclave.
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Taken to decontamination room in a sealed box, rinse instruments in water, check for any visable debris if clean sterilize in the autoclave.
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I think the propriet way to sterilize it's with dry-heat, I know that from my mother because she was doing the procedure at her work.
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You hand washer the instruments to get any debis off. You then put in the ultrasonic cleaner for at least 10 minutes then you take them out dry them and inspect for any left over debris and then you package them to go into the auto clave and from there they should be stored in a dry sterile place.
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I first hand wash the instruments and then put them in the sterilizer.
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Hydrous then in autoclave.
93.
Run the instruments through the ultrasonic and then put them in the statim.
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Rinse, place in the shacker, bag, autoclave.
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At the Parris Island dental clinic we took our equipment to SPD
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Remove disposable equpiment and steam clean other equipment.
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-perform daily tests to ensure that the sterilizer is sterilising all instruments and devices and they're safe for patient use. -Use the appropriate disposal of single used items. -soak instruments in water and clinidet, wash and then wait to dry. -Bag any items/instruments which need to be bagged. -Sterillize.
98.
Wash scrub rinse washer disinfect or autoclave.
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Soak instrument in the ultrasonic, rinse, towel dry, then put them into the pouches, then the autoclave.
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Rinse Shacker Autoclave Air dry.
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First spray my instrumets run them threw water then put them inside autoclave.

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