Hundreds of harmful micro-organisms pass through blood or saliva, both of which are inextricably entwined with dental work. In much the same way we govern the use of handpieces, water and ultrasonic instruments in our routine practice of dental infection control, vigilance on the proper administration of sterilization equipment, methods and protocols cannot be over emphasized. Investing in the right sterilization machine is an important first step.
“Sterilisation is a vital part of the dental practice. It involves killing of all living micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses and spores. In a dental practice, steam sterilisation (autoclaving) is the best method of sterilisation because it is fast, economical, non-toxic and very effective.”
“It’s very easy to purchase any old steriliser but you need to know that it’s going to perform the way it should and you’re buying the right machine for the job,” Jim Owen, Sales Relationship Manager, Mocom Australia, informs.
Since sterilization equipment are unlike any other in the surgery, it makes sense to purchase them from a company that focuses on the supply and support of these unique products. For almost two decades, Mocom Australia has worked with leading retailers in the dental, medical, podiatry and veterinary equipment fields, delivering high-end equipment at the forefront of sterilization technology.
The term “world class” is not an affectation, Jim states emphatically, but refers to the their products’ conformance to stringent International standards – which is perhaps more exacting than most, given the nature of the industry.
“At Mocom Australia, everything we do is based on the requirements of Australian and European standards. To further ensure that all our products meet the rigorous demands of your daily sterilisation needs, our support staff are located right across the country, ready to assist you in resolving any infection control or technical issues.
In recent years, Mocom Australia introduced a rigorous set of criteria with ongoing retraining requirements to its nation-wide network of technical agents.
“Support and backup is one of the most important things to consider when buying a steriliser. Sure, there are cheaper products but without the right support, they represent a risky investment.”
In 2012, Mocom Australia introduced a ‘Sterilisation 101’ module into the 2-day in-depth training curriculum for technicians to enhance their level of product knowledge and customer support. To remain as authorised and accredited Mocom Service Technicians, the agents are put through upgrading courses to learn the science of steam sterilisation, infection control and prevailing Australian Standards, in addition to equipment technical training.
Besides upskilling the support team, the company also guides customers on making informed decisions when buying a new steriliser. The buyer should know what their specific needs are relative to a particular model.
In the informal buyer’s guide as follows, Jim touches on the main criteria to consider – deciding between Mocom’s extensive range, including B Futura Range, B Classic Range, S classic Range and Tethys range:
Identify machine usage (i.e. number of cycles per day)
“Our premium Futura machine offers a more heavy-duty vacuum pump. These are designed for back-to-back cycle usage and also have quicker cycle times. Cycle time is much more important for a busy practice as you’ll need the instruments out of the machine and back in use much faster.”
“For the smaller, less busy and budget-conscious practice, the Classic may suit. Bear in mind, though, that the premium Futura model only costs about $2000 more. Over the course of 10 years, it’s a small difference to pay considering Futura’s superior performance.”
Specific sterilization requirements
“S Class range is only suited to practices that are sterilising solid or Hollow type B instruments. Most medical practices use an S Class. Our B Class range allows you to Sterilise Hollow Type A instruments such as handpieces and suction tips. This is why dental surgeries use a B class machine.”
“Regarding the Tethys unit, anyone that has to clean their instruments before putting them in a steriliser could use this machine. If an instrument is not cleaned, it can’t be effectively sterilised. The Tethys automatically removes organic and inorganic material which leads to cleaner instruments and therefore highly effective sterilisation.”
“The Tethys removes the manual process in cleaning instruments, freeing up time for other important tasks in the practice. The Tethys combines ultrasound, thermal disinfection and drying all in one. This allows minimal handling of instruments throughout the entire sterilization process, which significantly reduces contamination.”
“Yes. Autoclaves do break down more often than other equipment. It’s because they are used non-stop for the most part. With this in mind, it is imperative to buy a brand like Mocom that is well supported – with a variety of service agents to choose from and that provides easy access to good spare parts.”
“Does this machine perform quick cycles? Do your sterilised instruments come out dry? A steriliser with quality components – such as an instant steam generator and heavy-duty vacuum pump – ensure efficient performance.”
Ease of use – with reproducible results
“Combining the Tethys Hybrid washer with a Mocom Futura Steriliser, you not only get to automate the process, do it efficiently but also receive the same measured results from cleaning through to the end of sterilisation.”
“Both units use the same simple and easy to understand user screen to help you navigate through the features. Another great feature to have is the ability to digitally record cycle data and barcode printers for tracking critical instruments to practice management software. This allows you to be more cost effective and efficient.”
This article first appeared in Australasian Dentist