State of the Art Infection Control Teaching Suite Set Up with Support of Donors and Sponsors
The newly set-up Infection Control Teaching Suite (ICTS) will be in full operation this coming semester.
The Suite was opened on Feb 22 with a plaque unveiling ceremony officiated by Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung, GBS, KCMG, FICE, Honorary University Fellow Lady Ivy Wu Kwok Sau-ping, JP, Under Secretary for Food and Health Professor Sophia Chan, JP, Faculty Dean Professor Thomas Flemmig and Professor Gary Cheung.
Thanks to the support of donors and sponsors, the ICTS is equipped with the most advanced sterilization facilities and technologies for the decontamination of dental instruments. It houses a twin instrument cleaning sink, a handpiece cleaner/lubricator, a thermal washer disinfector and two vacuum type autoclaves.
At the ceremony, Professor Thomas Flemmig thanked the donors and sponsors for making such a high-tech teaching suite a reality. “I would like to say a big thank you to the donors and sponsors, this infection control teaching suite provides an environment where our students can learn the necessary steps of instrument cleaning, disinfection, sterilization as well as waste disposal within the suite,” he said.
Professor Tak Chow, Honorary Professor in Comprehensive Dental Care, one of the architects behind the project, said the use of automated instrument washer disinfectors has come to be understood as the most effective and consistent means of cleaning and disinfecting instruments before sterilization. “Cleaning and disinfection are the important first steps in the sterilization chain, and these devices help minimize occupational risks of exposure to the contaminated instruments,” he said.
Professor Gary Cheung, Associate Dean in Undergraduate Education, who took part in the construction of the teaching suite, said it is important that dental students should be well trained in infection control before they become practicing dentists. “Education helps future dentists improve occupational health as well as compliance with professional code of practice set out by the Dental Council of Hong Kong,” he said.