Mr Pete Gibbons

Mr Pete Gibbons

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Pete Gibbons is decontamination consultant and owner.
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New SOP guidance and appendix for dentistry

Decon Pete covers the updated SOP guidance and explains what the changes actually mean for dental practices. The UK Health Security Agency have issued new standard operating procedures (SOPs), on 24 November, for infection prevention and control for seasonal respiratory infections in health care settings. The new guidance supersedes the previous UK IPC COVID-19 for … Continued

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Decon Pete – dental nurses’ role in infection control

Decon Pete covers the role dental nurses play in disinfection and decontamination and explains why constant updates and training is so important. With the responsibility for the implementation of infection control policies falling largely on the shoulders of dental nurses, it is vital that they are fully aware of the appropriate local guidelines, understand how … Continued

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Decon Pete – legionella and the potential risks

With a rise in legionella deaths as services restart, Pete Gibbons explains how dental practices can safely reopen. In last month’s article I discussed the importance of water quality and the potential risks of legionella. There have been several incidences, lately, that have featured in various media forms detailing outbreaks of this potentially life-threatening decease. A … Continued

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Decon Pete – water quality and the potential risks of legionella

This month Decon Pete discusses legionella formation and things to consider when reopening dental surgeries. Water quality, within dentistry, is an extremely important element that needs maintaining to reduce any potential pathogen risk. In particular legionella pneumophila. Dental practices have, for some time now, not been operating at full capacity. With many utilising additional surgeries … Continued

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Decon Pete – how to ensure ultrasonic cleaners meet UK guidance requirements

Decon Pete explains how to ensure you are meeting UK guidance requirements with your ultrasonic cleaners and what records to keep for the CQC. Firstly, let’s clarify the difference between testing and validation. Validation is a way of confirming that decontamination equipment is working in the way the manufacturer intends. Validation also demonstrates that the … Continued

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Decon Pete – the role of UK decontamination and interpretation of the guidance

With confusing and subjective guidance on decontamination in dentistry, Decon Pete tries to clarify how practices can interpret the documents. The UK guidance documents relating to decontamination within primary care dentistry have been with us since 2004, with the SDCEP document, then HTM01-05 in 2009 and WHTM01-05 in 2010. These documents are all underwritten by … Continued

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Decon Pete – the importance of water quality

Within dentistry, water quality is an extremely important element that needs maintaining to reduce any potential pathogen risk, Pete explains Water is used within instrument cleaning, washer disinfector fill, ultrasonic fill, manual cleaning sink fill, rinsing, dental waterlines (DUWL), autoclaves and drinking. We can sometimes overlook the necessity to maintain. There are many different types … Continued

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