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Video: AS/NZS4187 or AS/NZS 4815 which is right for dental

[fa icon="calendar'] 31-Oct-2017 07:25:00 / by Michael Stanton

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In August 2015 we wrote about the confusion about the new standard AS4187 versus the previous standard AS4815 in dental practices and office based health care services.  

In June 2015, standards Australia made a statement clarifying which standard relates to Dental Clinics.

The short video looks at the standards and guidelines and the Standards Australia statement works through what that means for dental clinics.

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Quick Video on AS4187 Product Families

[fa icon="calendar'] 24-Oct-2017 14:10:37 / by Michael Stanton

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The best read post on our blog is the one we published way back in August 2015 on the topic of AS4187 product families. It remains very popular so we've created this very short video for you that you may like to share with your friends and colleagues. 

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Has Spaulding Classification had its day?

[fa icon="calendar'] 30-May-2017 06:36:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments

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I recently attended the 37th Annual Dental Congress in Melbourne and it was fantastic to catch up with the dental community and talk about the infection control issues that affect them. We had many visitors to our booth and had several enriching discussions with progressive thinking delegates who were passionate about infection control.

One discussion in particular caught my interest, as the delegate had very interesting views regarding the Spaulding Classification and how it was applied in dentistry. Our discussion centred around whether the classification and AS4815 were still relevant and whether AS4187 should be the "go to" standard for office based dental practices instead.

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Come see us and learn about infection control for dentists

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-May-2017 06:40:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in AS/NZS4187

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Simplifying AS4187 Product Families

[fa icon="calendar'] 30-Mar-2017 14:31:30 / by Michael Stanton posted in AS/NZS4187

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Blog posts and downloads related to product families blogs are by far the most accessed content on our website. By a long way.

And it’s with good reason. The concept of product families can be extremely complicated and confusing.

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AS4187:2014 – Do paper based tracking systems still cut it?

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-Nov-2016 12:59:38 / by Michael Stanton

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Last month our Company attended the WHFSS conference in Brisbane as an exhibitor. While I was there, I had a number of interesting conversations with delegates who were using paper based tracking systems and were feeling that the new requirements of AS4187:2014 were going to substantially increase the amount of paper work that they would need to complete.

Some delegates were quite anxious that their paper based system just wouldn’t cut it anymore. Hence their discussions with us.

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NSHQS extend AS4187:2014 implementation deadline

[fa icon="calendar'] 30-Sep-2016 12:48:15 / by Michael Stanton posted in AS/NZS4187

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Just yesterday, I received an email informing me that the AS 4187 compliance deadline of December this year had been extended.

The news surprised me. Our subscription to SAI Global Standards watch would normally have alerted us if there had been an amendment in the standard. So I searched high and low on the SAI Global site and then Standards Australia and then the old trusty Google.

However I was unable to find anything. So I mentioned it to our Office Manager who then went off and tried her luck with Google.

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How does six sigma apply to healthcare and medical practice

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Sep-2016 07:43:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Medical Assets

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We've all had the experience of sitting in waiting room for what seems and absolute eternity waiting to see a medical professional. Flicking through outdated, dog eared magazines, keeping an eye on the queue, feeling nervous and hoping that it’s your turn next.

It’s crazy really, because not only does it create discomfort and dissatisfaction with patients, it also costs the practice significantly in terms of customer satisfaction and higher operating costs.

But why does this happen and, more to the point, how can it be improved?

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5 Reasons why traditional EHRs don't cut it for ophthalmic practices

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Sep-2016 07:00:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Paperless Patient Records, Digital Medical Records

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Traditional EHR systems do not meet ophthalmologists' functional requirements. This is what an August 2011 report published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says.

The paper which is titled ‘Special Requirements for Electronic Health Record Systems in Ophthalmology’ argues that the field of ophthalmology has a number of ‘specialty specific’ requirements that are not taken into consideration by traditional EHR systems. Its abstract reads:

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CSSD Revolution: the Impact of complex instruments on resources

[fa icon="calendar'] 10-Aug-2016 09:30:00 / by Michael Stanton posted in Surgical Instruments, cssd

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The advances in surgical procedures and surgical instrumentation, over the past 10-20 years has been astounding. Once upon a time, just about every surgical procedure was open surgery and involved simple pivot based stainless steel instruments. These days, surgical instruments are highly complex hybrid material devices.

This has led to a quiet revolution in sterilizing departments around the world. Instruments were once simple and tray assembly straightforward.

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