Please review your hygiene method with your hygienists & staff. I witnessed my hygienist touch all the surfaces, pens, mouse, keyboard, lamp handle, tray handle, chair armrest, rolling stool, tv monitor, x-ray instrument, etc. with her bare hands & gloves. I also witnessed the office manager touching the hygienists mouse & computer along with touching his nose, face, clothing, objects on the desk. Everything they touched transferred germs & bacteria from those objects. Then, the hygienist washed her hands, but then touched those same objects again. What was the purpose of washing her hands if she was going to touch them again??
We had to move rooms to do the x-ray. I asked her to wipe down the objects she was going to use She did wipe down some parts & not others. It wasn't an easy feeling that the bacteria from the mouse & keyboard she was using had the other hygienists germs on it. Not an easy feeling knowing this.
Bottom line...review your best practices for hygiene. Transference is the #1 culprit in medical facilities. My suggestion is to touch all the objects you're going to touch first, wipe all the surfaces down with a steriwipe, wash your hands, then put on gloves. Be conscientious of what you're touching to determine if that's a surface you've wiped or not. Be conscientious that the surfaces you haven't personally wiped down have germs & are going into that patient's mouth.