Cross-contamination potential with dental equipment

@article{Lewis1992CrosscontaminationPW,
  title={Cross-contamination potential with dental equipment},
  author={Donald Ray Lewis and Max Arens and Msakazu Suzuki and Sam S. Appleton and DouglasT. Watanabe},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={1992},
  volume={340},
  pages={1252-1254}
}
Some types of reused dental equipment, especially handpieces and their attachments for drilling and cleaning teeth, might be responsible for cross-contamination if patient material were to lodge temporarily in difficult-to-disinfect internal mechanisms. This possibility is worrisome with respect to transmission of hepatitis B and human immunodeficiency viruses (HBV, HIV). Previous cross-contamination studies have relied on laboratory experiments with bacteria or dye tracers. To assess possible… CONTINUE READING
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