Great fun was had by all with a special congratulations to winner Duncan James for a fantastic effort. @dentisanltd

Golfers tackle tough course at Dentisan’s inaugural golf day

When Commercial Director at Dentisan, Bob Newsome, chose May 3rd for the first ever Dentisan golf day, he envisaged a calm gentle day, with blue skies, a smattering of white cloud and possibly a little sunshine. And although May 3rd 2017 looked promising at 7am, by the time the 30 or so golfers had gathered at Sherwood Forest Golf Club, the weather had deteriorated somewhat. So, although rain was avoided, a challenging wind made what is a tough course in the most benign conditions, a real test of skill.

Sherwood Forest Golf Club, nestles in the Nottinghamshire countryside, and in previous years has been used as a qualifying course for the British Open. The course proved a real test of skill and nerve for the gathering of mixed ability players. The Club Professional gave a few pointers before the teams made their way to the first tee and with prizes for leading team, leading individual, longest drive and nearest the pin, there was plenty to play for.

The day was extremely well supported and Bob had managed to create a balanced blend of guests from the profession and the industry, with Dentisan’s exclusive dental distributor, Henry Schein, joined by representatives from the Corporate Dental Community, Practice Associates, the industry’s leading publishers and Dentisan’s lawyers and accountants, for what was a highly enjoyable and competitive day.

After almost five hours out on the challenging course, the players gathered for dinner and the prize-giving. Andy May, Sales Executive at the BDJ won longest drive with an enormous hit on the 13th, nearest the pin on the par three 4th, went to Duncan James from Shakespeare Martineau solicitors and nearest the pin in two, on the par four 18th was awarded to Paul Holmes from BUPA.

The winning team comprised Donal Flynn from BUPA, Ken Finlayson (FMC) and Duncan James. Duncan completed an excellent day by becoming the overall winner of the Dentisan Golf Day, carding a very creditable score of 38 and he was presented with the trophy by Dentisan’s Financial Director, Helen Wigglesworth (pictured).

Commercial Director at Dentisan, Bob Newsome was delighted with the turn-out and the whole day. “I am extremely grateful that so many of our friends from within the dental community have taken time out of their busy schedules to support this event and I look forward to welcoming them all again next year, for what I hope will become an annual date in the calendar.”


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Delivering education and compliance straight to your practice

In my role as Business Development Manager at Dentisan, along with my colleague Ann, we visit many dental practices across the UK to help them in the area of decontamination and cross-infection control. It’s not just a case of telling people about Dentisan’s products, rather our aim is to give all dental professionals a much wider education about CPD requirements and the compliance needed within dental surgeries.

Our commitment to education is at the heart of what we do. As part of our Dentilearn programme, we publish CPD articles on our website and offer a City & Guilds accredited one-day decontamination courses as well as contributing to evening decontamination seminars run in association with Henry Schein Dental.

We appreciate that the problem in any busy practice is finding the time to allow key members of staff to go out for essential training, so we’ve turned this problem on its head and introduced Dentilearn CPD In-Practice. In other words, we bring the training to you.

The advantage is that we can come into your practice whenever it’s convenient - whether that’s lunchtime, after-hours or on a specific date. No one needs to take time out of the practice. You get to save on travel costs and the team remains in the comfort of their own surroundings.

Dentilearn In-Practice offers a choice of one- or two-hour CPD sessions covering a variety of topics which can be selected in advance to provide the specific training that best meets the needs of the individual team. The one-hour lunch sessions are very popular as they fit in well for everyone concerned. This also applies to the two-hour sessions for after-hours training.

There’s no maximum number of participants, so these sessions offer real value for money. I recently held a two-hour session for a team of ninety, then went on to do a one-hour session of just six. It simply depends on the number of staff in a practice or group of practices. The sessions are not product driven in any way; they are purely about staff gaining verifiable CPD and ensuring everything relates back to local guidelines, whether that’s in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

My aim is not just to visit a practice, provide the training and leave. I can carry out free water quality tests of dental unit water lines and offer advice should remedial action be required. I also walk through the practice and look at the decontamination and cross-infection protocols and answer any questions the team may have. It’s all part of the service. 


Jonty Bayliss, Business Development Manager at Dentisan

Keeping ahead of the decontamination game

Just as HTM 01-05 underpins decontamination within the dental environment, HTM 01-01 provides best practice guidance on the entire medical decontamination cycle, including reusable surgical instruments and medical devices used in acute care.

Although HTM 01-01 does not strictly apply to dentistry, new guidance within it regarding protein detection methods used on surgical instruments will undoubtedly work their way into the dentistry sphere, via an updated version of HTM 01-05, within the next few years.

Protein residue testing in dentistry is a routine part of the dental decontamination process. It’s also well known that if protein residues found on used dental instruments are allowed to dry onto the instrument surface for any length of time can severely hamper its removal and thereby compromise the effectiveness of subsequent sterilisation processes.

It takes less than 60 minutes in a warm practice environment for protein to start to harden and coagulate, making it impossible to totally remove. Therefore, keeping dental instruments moist following use and before cleaning, greatly improves the effectiveness of the cleaning process. If instruments are simply pre-treated within 30 minutes of being used and kept moist by using a non-hazardous, water-based formulation, this would have a measurable effect on the residual protein detected without the need to change anything else in the reprocessing procedure.

There is nothing to stop the dental profession getting ahead of the game by using instrument wetting agents and suspension foams throughout the working day, not only when instruments are unable to be cleaned immediately after use. This move towards best practice means that once a protein measurement requirement is introduced, which it inevitably will, practices will be better placed to integrate such changes, remain compliant and achieve the desired results.

Full details of the recent updates to HTM 01-01 and its likely impact on instrument reprocessing in dental practices is available in the February 2017 issue of The Dentist magazine.

Beating the spread of winter infections

Did you know? According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, healthcare-acquired infections affect over 4 million patients a year across Europe and cost around €7 billion in additional healthcare and direct financial losses[1]. That is an eye-opening statistic, but what’s interesting is that scientists and governments point to hand hygiene as one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of preventing the spread of such infections.

With seasonal colds and flu viruses doing the rounds as we stick together indoors during cold winter months, dental practices can provide an ideal environment for infections to be unwittingly spread. As we constantly touch surfaces and instruments, unpleasant bacteria and viruses (which, by the way, can be very adept at surviving outside of the body for long periods) can thrive on unclean hands, reception desks, door handles and the like, posing a potential infection risk to the next person who touches them.

Hand hygiene is one of the simplest but most important measures for reducing the risk of infection transmission during patient care. Effective hand hygiene protects both patients and members of the dental team and is an essential part of a practice’s infection control policy. So what can we do to greatly reduce the risk of passing on infections and ensure practices are compliant with current regulations and guidelines regarding hand hygiene? Well a good place to start is to read our latest online article Preventing the spread of infection offering advice and guidance on hand hygiene to everyone on the dental team. Plus, as an added bonus reading the article can earn dental professionals one hour of verifiable CPD in the area of infection control, issued in the form of a downloadable pdf, which can be used as evidence of CPD hours.

Don’t let infections spread. Read the CPD article now CLICK HERE


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