First Ever Summit Compliance Award

Great Expressions Dental Centers Receives First Ever Summit Compliance Award

Mesa Labs announced the recipient of the first ever Summit Compliance Award to Great Expressions Dental Centers as recognition of their organization-wide commitment to infection control, demonstrated by achieving the highest levels of weekly, biological sterilization monitoring compliance. Their commitment helps assure that sterilization equipment is functioning properly, which is a critical measure in keeping…

New CDC Guidelines?

Many of us in the infection control arena have been anxiously awaiting an update to the 2003 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. In March 2016, our questions were finally answered with the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Summary of Infection Prevention Practices…

Importance of Record Keeping

Record keeping is a critical component of any sterilization monitoring protocol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Prevention (OSAP), all recommend keeping a log for the purpose of recording daily sterilization records. With each sterilization cycle, it is advised to document all…

Mail-in vs. In-office Spore Testing

From time-to-time we receive calls from clients asking if there are alternatives to our mail-in spore testing service. Most inquiries are typically generated by one of two questions: (1) Is there a way to get faster spore test results? This question usually comes from an office that has recently failed a spore test. The result…

Anytime Compliance Tracking is Now Available

Mesa Labs Traverse City (North Bay Bioscience) is excited to announce that our new and improved Anytime Compliance Tracking dashboard is now available for all mail-in spore testing users, replacing the previous NB Online system. The new dashboard includes many improvements for your office: Individual user login with email address Forgot password, Reset password functionality…

What is disinfection?

Disinfection is the process of destroying disease-causing microorganisms. It does not assure destruction of bacterial spores. Disinfection is usually achieved using a chemical agent. There are a variety of chemical disinfectants available and each is designed to destroy a specific group of microorganisms. The product label of the chemical disinfecting agents should be consulted and…

How often should I test my sterilizer?

Biological monitoring is recommended on a weekly basis by the CDC, ADA, OSAP, and AAMI. Most state dental boards require weekly biological monitoring (see our regulations map). Chemical and mechanical monitoring should be done with each load. Let’s talk spore testing! Talk with one of our experts to get your questions answered and see how…