World Hepatitis Day 2015
What Is Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is a viral infection which is made distinctive by inflammation of the liver. Within this broad category are 5 specific types of hepatitis viruses:
- A and E – can be spread by eating food (including raw shellfish) or drinking water that has been contaminated by the faeces of an infected person.
- B – transmitted through contact with blood or other bodily fluids.
- C – spread mainly via blood to blood transmission. May also be spread through sexual activity and childbirth.
- D – contacted through people with infected blood. It is only found in people infected with the hepatitis B virus.
You can read more about the different strains of the hepatitis virus here http://www.worldhepatitisday.org/en/about-hepatitis .This disease is completely preventable. Vaccines are widely available for types A and B, and there is a less-readily available vaccine for type E. Whilst there are no vaccines against types C and D, anti-viral treatments are available, although their effectiveness is variable.It’s therefore important to minimise your risk of contracting the virus in any of its forms.
How To Avoid Contracting Hepatitis
There are ways to avoid contracting hepatitis. It is important to vaccinate so you do not contract the disease in the first instance. You can also reduce your risk of exposure to hepatitis through following these simple health steps:
- Where Hepatitis A is prevalent, avoid drinking unsafe water and practice good hygiene and sanitation.
- Don’t share needles with an infected person.
- Don’t share personal items such as toothbrushes, razors or nail scissors with an infected person.
- Avoid getting tattoos and body piercings from unlicensed premises.
- Take precautions during sexual activity.
Since the virus can be present in the blood or other bodily fluids of infected people, medical or dental instruments used for their treatment must be properly cleaned and sterilised to prevent Hepatitis (and many other viruses) from being transmitted to other patients and staff.
How We Prevent Transmission of Viruses Like Hepatitis At Corinna Dental
At Corinna Dental we ensure the cleaning and sterilisation of all equipment in our Sterilisation Rooms. There is a protocol for the management of every piece of equipment, from plastic trays, to mouth mirrors, to the dental hand pieces (drills). As well as this, after every appointment, the treatment room is cleaned and disinfected according to strict protocol. You can read more about our sterilisation procedures here https://corinnadental.com.au/keeping-you-safe/ .
Corinna Dental has recently become QIP Accredited (Quality Innovation Performance). This is independent recognition that our organisation and the service we provide to our patients meets the requirements of a set of defined criteria or standards. Our patients can be assured that CDG is committed to safety and quality of the highest standard. If you would like to read more about the importance of QIP Accreditation, go to http://www.qip.com.au/become-accredited/what-is-accreditation/ .