HTM 01-05 and the National Dental Decontamination Survey
Having published its decontamination guidance for primary care dentistry HTM 01-05, the Department of Health intends to carry out a national survey to look at the process of decontamination of surgical instruments. The first meeting of the Dental National Decontamination Survey Consultation Group was held on 14 July and attended by BDA Head of Education and Standards, Lesley Derry, and Senior Health and Safety Adviser, Daniel McAlonan. The national survey will establish baseline data for the current quality of existing decontamination measures: compliance with HTM 01-05, the types of premises used in dentistry (including the ability to support decontamination activities), the current decontamination equipment used, and the nature and extent of training received by the dental team. A pilot survey will be undertaken in August with practices from ten volunteer primary care trusts.
The Department will publish HTM 01-05 in hard copy and send this to all NHS practices along with an Infection Control Audit Toolkit produced with the Infection Prevention Society. The Audit toolkit will be CD Rom based and hyperlinked to the HTM 01-05 so that it will highlight, for each question, specific paragraphs in the guidance. It also has analytic capabilities that will not only allow practices to ensure they are compliant with ‘essential requirements’ or their level of compliance with best practice but will also generate action plans for further improvements. BDA staff have met with the Department and the Infection Prevention Society to discuss the contents of this toolkit.