How to Choose the Right Sterilization Product for your Dental Office

Using reliable sterilization packaging is essential to knowing your dental instruments have been thoroughly sterilized every time and to maintaining the sterility of reprocessed items until use.

Saturated steam is the most dependable sterilization method 1

Once used, dental instruments, devices and equipment become contaminated and must be reprocessed, i.e., sterilized, before they can be safely reused.

According to the CDC, “Of all the methods available for sterilization, moist heat in the form of saturated steam under pressure is the most widely used and the most dependable.”

Steam sterilization is accomplished by placing items inside an autoclave and exposing them to direct steam at the required temperature and pressure for the specified time.

Four parameters of steam sterilization

Effective steam sterilization requires that four parameters be met: steam, pressure, temperature and time.

Steam: The ideal type of steam for sterilization is dry saturated steam and entrained water.2, 3  

Pressure: Pressure inside the autoclave helps achieve the high temperatures necessary to quickly kill microorganisms.

Temperature: The two most common steam-sterilizing temperatures are 121°C (250°F) and 132°C (270°F). These high temperatures must be maintained for a minimum time period to kill microorganisms.

Time: At constant temperatures, sterilization time varies depending on the type of material of the item to be sterilized (e.g., metal vs. rubber, plastic, items with lumens, etc.), whether the item is wrapped or unwrapped, and the type of sterilizer used. CDC-recognized minimum exposure periods for sterilization of wrapped healthcare supplies are:

  • In a gravity displacement sterilizer: 30 minutes at 121°C (250°F)
  • In a pre-vacuum sterilizer: 4 minutes at 132°C (270°F)

The steam cycle is monitored by mechanical, chemical and biological monitors

Steam sterilizers are usually monitored using a printout (or graphically) by measuring temperature, the time at the temperature, and pressure. Typically, chemical indicators are affixed to the outside and incorporated into the sterilization packaging to monitor temperature or time and temperature.

The effectiveness of steam sterilization is monitored with a biological indicator containing spores of Geobacillus stearothermophilus. Positive spore test results are a relatively rare event4 and can be attributed to operator error, inadequate steam delivery5 or equipment malfunction.

Once sterilized, item sterility must be maintained until use

Dental offices have several packaging options for maintaining the sterility of reprocessed items:

  • Rigid containers
  • Peel-open pouches
  • Roll stock or sterilization reels 
  • Sterilization wraps

Regardless of which option is used, the packaging material must allow penetration of the sterilant, provide protection against contact contamination during handling, provide an effective barrier to microbial penetration, and maintain the sterility of the processed item after sterilization.6

Sterilization packaging selection criteria

Ideally, sterilization packaging should be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Barrier effectiveness: Prevents microbial penetration, maintains sterility of contents and prevents penetration of liquids
  • Penetrability: Allows steam to penetrate
  • Aeration: Allows aeration post-sterilization (i.e., allows ethylene oxide to dissipate)
  • Ease of use by personnel
  • Drapeability: Conforms to content contours smoothly and closely
  • Flexible sizing: Offers sizes to accommodate items of various shapes and sizes
  • Puncture resistance: Resists punctures by sharp instruments or other contents
  • Tear strength: Resists tearing
  • Transparency: Allows verification of contents before opening
  • Linting: Minimal linting during use

Additional Sterilization Requirements

For dental offices, effective sterilization is essential to patient safety. But there is more to ensuring patient safety than effective sterilization processes and quality sterilization packaging:

Medicom sterilization products

Medicom self-sealing sterilization pouches, CSR wraps and sterilization reels provide dental offices with the confidence that comes from knowing that dental instruments have been thoroughly sterilized.

Medicom SafeSeal® Quattro self-sealing sterilization pouches are crafted in our own state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. They are mechanically sealed using TruePress™ technology, which fuses the proprietary blue-tinted film to high-grade medical paper to form a perfect bond that ensures a leak-proof seal that protects the integrity of your instruments.

Medicom SafeSeal Quattro sterilization pouches confirm sterilization parameters − time, temperature and steam/EO − with internal and external multi-variable process indicators printed directly on the pouch.

For more information about Medicom sterilization products, visit our website.

Important: Sterilization pouches, wrap and reels are intended for single use only and should always be inspected prior to use.


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2. Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities. ANSI/AAMI ST46. Arlington, VA, 2002:ANSI/AAMI ST46:2002.

3. Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, ANSI/AAMI ST79. 2017.

4. Gurevich I, Jacobsen E, Cunha BA. Pseudoautoclave failure caused by differences in spore test steam sensitivities. Am. J. Infect. Control 1996;24:402-4.

5. Bryce EA, Roberts FJ, Clements B, MacLean S. When the biological indicator is positive: investigating autoclave failures. Infect. Control Hosp. Epidemiol. 1997;18:654-6.

6. Dunkelberg H, Fleitmann-Glende F. Measurement of the microbial barrier effectiveness of sterilization containers in terms of the log reduction value for prevention of nosocomial infections. Am. J. Infect. Control 2006;34:285-9.

Reopening Dental Practices Post-shutdown: How to Make Patients Feel Safe

As dental offices across the U.S. and Canada begin to reopen, many patients may be reluctant to schedule routine procedures as new guidelines and protocols are being put in place to reduce the risk of infection.

Dental offices are opening, but both patients and staff remain cautious

Over the last few months, dental offices in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces have only been allowed to provide emergency treatments. Now that practices are authorized to reopen, patients need reassurance about the safety of visiting their dentist for regular preventive care and non-emergency treatments.

Given that oral health is closely linked to overall health, delaying dental treatments can put patients at risk for a variety of other medical conditions. That is why it is so important that dental offices find ways to reassure patients that they have put the appropriate safety measures in place and encourage them to make an appointment to see their dentist.

How can dental offices reassure patients it is safe to come back?

If your practice has yet to fully reopen, you can take the opportunity to reassure patients when you send out your reopening notice. Along with your opening date, include a friendly reminder that the education of every dental professional, including dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and technicians, includes significant infection control training.

Once your office reopens, you can help patients feel safe by making infection control measures that used to be taken “behind the scenes” highly visible to patients. Here are a few ideas to reassure patients from the minute they walk in your door:

Reassuring patients arriving at your office reception desk and waiting area

In addition to limiting the number of patients in your office at once through careful scheduling, you can help patients feel safe by taking these simple measures:

  1. Provide hand sanitizer immediately inside the entrance
  2. Install a Plexiglas window at the reception desk
  3. Provide additional hand sanitizer at the reception desk and offer a mask to patients not already wearing one
  4. Offer touch-free payment options whenever possible
  5. Remove all magazines and toys from waiting area
  6. Place chairs to allow for social distancing

In treatment rooms

During the pandemic, many patients who had never given infection control a second thought learned the meaning of terms like “PPE” and “N95”. As a result, it will be important to make even the most routine infection control measures highly visible to patients. This can mean performing certain tasks in front of patients, such as:

  1. Changing headrest and tray covers
  2. Changing your gown/jacket
  3. Putting on a new mask
  4. Putting on a new pair of gloves
  5. Opening instrument sterilization pouches
  6. Using single-dose varnish

If it is impractical to perform certain tasks in front of patients, you can simply mention what has been done, such as “this is a fresh headrest cover” or “all surfaces in the room were disinfected after the last patient.”

In addition, posting “reminder” signage throughout the office about performing hand hygiene and changing PPE can also help reassure to patients that all possible measures are being taken to ensure their safety.

By taking these steps and providing verbal reassurance throughout their visit, you can help make your patients’ next visit less stressful — and your job easier. 

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The New Approach in Dental Offices: Work Like Every Patient Has COVID-19

Changing Landscape in the Dental Industry

By nature, dental procedures are performed near the upper respiratory tract and generate aerosol spray. Factor in the sheer number of patients seen per day in an office and you have an environment that is highly conducive to the spread of COVID-19.

Thankfully, dental professionals are among the most knowledgeable when it comes to infection control, the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), instrument reprocessing (sterilization) and surface disinfection.

Taking Precaution

As dental practices reopen, working as though every patient who enters the office carries COVID-19 is the safest approach. This will ensure that all procedures and protocols are carefully designed to minimize the risk for both staff and patients.

New measures will likely include limiting the number of patients seen per day, reorganizing waiting rooms to allow for social distancing, changing PPE more frequently and disinfecting more surfaces more thoroughly and more often. And not just with any disinfectant. Given that any patient could be carrying COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms, it is important to use a disinfectant that is EPA/Health Canada approved to kill the human coronavirus and to check its listed contact time.

Using Disinfectant Products

To kill a virus, a disinfectant product cannot be sprayed on and immediately wiped away. Contact time is the time it takes the product to kill all the pathogens listed on its label. This time varies widely between products with many needing to sit on the surface for 5 minutes or more to be effective. In a busy dental office, allowing a disinfectant product to sit for 5 to 10 minutes is highly impractical, so a product with a fast contact time is ideal. Medicom ProSurface disinfectants have a ​1-minute kill claim for the human coronavirus.

Given that you will now be cleaning any surface that could have been touched by an infected person, you will also want to choose a disinfectant that is safe on most surfaces. A formulation that does not have a strong odour and does not require gloves or protective eyewear to use is also preferable. Medicom ProSurface disinfectants are safe on most non-porous surfaces, fragrance-free and have no special handling requirements. ProSurface also comes in convenient wipe format.

By working like every patient has COVID-19, changing your PPE more frequently and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces, you can keep your patients, your staff and yourself safe.

How to Thoroughly Disinfect Your Clinic and Operatory

To help your team ensure that all high-touch surfaces in your office are being disinfected between patients, Medicom is pleased to provide this helpful infographic-checklist.

High-touch areas in operatory Wipe Spray WashWipeSprayWash
Door knobs/handles x
Dental material mixing station/table topx
Wash basin taps and knobs
X-ray machine handle and conex
RVG sensor and its wirex
Computer keyboard/mouse/printer/scannerxx
Dental chair, control panel, spittoon, arm rest, light and handlex
X-ray viewerx
Electrical switchesxx
Autoclave handle and doorx
All plastic syringes and glass/plastic bottles, e.g. composite, gic, etc.x
Drawer handles and instrument holdersx
External surface of UV chamberx
Compressor, if placed inside the clinicx
Walls, ceilings and floorsx
Material mixer, e.g. amalgamator/alginate mixerx
External suction, pipe and holderxx
Dentist consulting table and plastic/ metal objects on the tablex
Scanner and other equipmentxx
High-touch areas in reception/waiting areasWipeSprayWash
Door knobs/handlesx
Landline phonesxx
Sofa and waiting area seatingxx
Magazines and waiting area entertainementxx
Reception deskx
Telephone and electrical switchesxx
Files, plastic and patient cardsxx
Computer keyboard/mouse/printer/scannerxx
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Using ProSurface to kill coronavirus

For simple step-by-step instructions for killing coronavirus in your office with ProSurface, watch this short video.

Additional Information

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Does your dental practice have the PPE you need to reopen safely?

It is no secret that “dental offices are at a high risk for spreading COVID-19 given the aerosol generating nature of dental procedures, the proximity of the operating field to the upper respiratory tract, and the number of patients seen per day.”1As a result, reopening your practice, even if only to provide essential care, requires careful planning and meticulous execution.  

Prerequisite for reopening

A prerequisite for reopening your practice is ensuring that you have sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep both your staff and your patients safe. Therefore, it is recommended that you take an inventory of the PPE you have on hand to determine the number of patients you can see and the type of procedures you are equipped to perform.  

Ensuring sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE)

Although dental offices have always been among the primary users of personal protective equipment, many health authorities and professional associations have issued new guidelines that recommend or require more frequent and widespread use of PPE  

For example, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario issued the recommendations below1 to ensure that team members wear appropriate PPE for each procedure or activity:  

OPERATORY/TREATMENT ROOM Non-aerosol generating procedures (NAGPs) • ASTM level 2 or 3 Procedure/
surgical mask 
• Gloves 
• Eye protection OR face shield 
OPERATORY/TREATMENT ROOM Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) • N95 respirator (fit-tested, seal-
checked) or the equivalent 
• Gloves 
• Eye protection AND face shield 
• Protective gown 
OPERATORY/TREATMENT ROOM Cleaning and disinfection of operatory or other treatment area • ASTM level 1 procedure mask
• Gloves 
• Eye protection 
REPROCESSING AREA Reprocessing of reusable instruments• A STM level 2 or 3 procedure
/surgical mask
• Heavy duty utility-gloves 
• Eye protection or face shield 
• Protective gown 
RECEPTION AREA Reception duties• ASTM level 1 procedure mask
OR physical barrier 
• Maintain physical distancing 
COMMON AND STAFF AREAS Administrative and other tasks• ASTM level 1 procedure mask
OR maintain physical

Please note that these guidelines may differ from those issued by your local authorities/associations and that some authorities now recommend even more stringent measures, including the use of dental dams with every patient and the wearing of medical gowns by dental staff. 

No matter how stringent the PPE requirements your practice is now subject to, Medicom has you covered. Visit to see our complete portfolio. 

1 – Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, COVID-19: Managing Infection Risks During In-Person Dental Care, May 25, 2020. 

How to practice proper hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses

As of March 3rd, 2020, only 60 cases of the Coronavirus have been detected in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most people in the country are at minimal immediate risk of contracting the virus. However, it is important to stay up to date as the situation evolves and to practice proper hygiene to help minimize the risk of exposure.

Important things to know about the Coronavirus

  • If you have a respiratory illness, it is more likely to be a common cold than the Coronavirus.
  • HOWEVER, anyone experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (i.e., coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath and fever) should avoid contact with others.
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing is a cornerstone of respiratory illness prevention.
  • Because this strain of Coronavirus is new, no vaccine or specific treatment exists yet. Healthcare providers are instead treating the symptoms: acetaminophen to reduce fever, lozenges and other treatments to soothe sore throats.

Three Modes of Transmission

1. Contact Transmission

Direct transmission: transfer of microorganisms from one infected person to another person

Indirect transmission: transfer of an infectious agent through a contaminated intermediate object or person (e.g. handshakes, desk and office equipment, etc.)

2. Droplet Transmission

Transmission of pathogens through close respiratory or mucous membrane contact with respiratory secretions.

3. Airborne Transmission

Transmission of infectious agents that remain infectious over long distances when suspended in the air.

Practicing Proper Hygiene

When it comes to proper hygiene, there are two key areas to focus on: hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene.

Hand Hygiene

Hands are the most common mode of pathogen transmission. The term “hand hygiene” includes both hand washing with either plain soap or antimicrobial soap AND using alcohol‐based hand rubs that do not require the use of water.

When to perform hand hygiene

  • When hands are visibly soiled
  • After bare-handed touching of contaminated instruments, equipment, materials or other objects likely to be contaminated by blood, saliva or respiratory secretions

NOTE: Avoid touching your face after touching potentially contaminated objects or surfaces.

Hand washing technique

  • Wet hands with water, apply soap and rub hands together for at least 15 seconds (do not forget the webbing between fingers, underneath fingernails and wrists).
  • Rinse hands and dry completely with a disposable towel.
  • Use towel to turn off faucet.

Using an alcohol‐based hand rub

  • Apply to palm of one hand and rub hands together, covering all surfaces until dry.
  • Use amount recommended in manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not use if hands are visibly soiled.

What is the most effective hand hygiene technique?

The table below shows that using an alcohol-based hand rub is the most effective means of killing bacteria. However, it is recommended that you wash AND/OR sanitize your hands often.

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Respiratory Hygiene

According to the CDC, there are certain rules of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette that should be followed to minimize contamination and the spread of a virus.

Cough etiquette: Measures to contain respiratory secretions

  • Cover mouth and nose with a TISSUE when coughing or sneezing.
  • Use the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of tissues immediately after use (preferably a no-touch trash bin).
  • Perform hand hygiene after having contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects or materials (always wash/sanitize your hands after coughing/sneezing).

Perhaps the most important method of preventing the spread of infections is through MITIGATION. Therefore, people with symptoms should be encouraged to work from home or take a sick day.

What steps can you take to protect yourself from the Coronavirus and other infections?

Wearing masks in public spaces has become a popular infection control strategy. People can be seen wearing masks in airports, universities and hospitals, especially during flu season.

Do they help?

The CDC recommends hand washing as the main prevention strategy. Wearing a surgical mask to prevent illness is a personal decision. However, if you do choose to wear one, please ensure that the mask is worn, handled and disposed of properly.

Refer to our previous blog
“Are you wearing the right mask and wearing it right?”
for more details regarding the proper use of face masks.

As with any infection control practice, an important factor for achieving maximum mask effectiveness is compliance. We can all do our part to help prevent the spread of viruses.

An Innovative 1-step Bleeding Control Solution

Hemostasis: the body’s natural response to bleeding

Following a dental procedure such as an extraction or periodontal surgery, it is important to control bleeding as quickly as possible. The body’s natural process to prevent, control and stop bleeding is called hemostasis. However, when the body is under stress, a hemostatic agent may be required to help stimulate or accelerate the body’s natural reactions. Some patients may also have medical conditions or take medications that prevent their body’s natural bleeding control mechanisms from functioning optimally. Taking a patient’s complete medical profile before performing any surgical procedure can help plan for hemostatic needs.

Hemostatic agents

When a patient’s natural hemostatic response is insufficient, or as a precautionary measure, a hemostatic agent may be used.

Different Types of Hemostatic Agents on the Market

  • Topical hemostats
  • Sealants
  • Adhesives

How hemostatic agents work

These products work in conjunction with the body’s natural hemostasis pathways to create a strong clot, seal the wound and control bleeding by:

Physically blocking the outflow of blood

Accelerating the body’s natural clotting process

Providing a matrix for increased platelet interactions

Choosing a hemostatic agent

According to research, several criteria are used to identify an ideal hemostatic agent1:

  • Ease of use/rapid application to wound site
  • Ability to reach difficult to access areas
  • Cause minimal local tissue disruption/destruction
  • Quickly control arterial and/or venous bleeding
  • No toxicity or adverse effects
  • Ease of removal

1 Achneck HE, Silehi B, Jamiolkowski RM, et al. Annals of Surgery 2010; 251:217-228.

Until recently, many dentists and dental surgeons have relied on various hemostatic gels and foams that meet these criteria. However, several of these products are currently on long-term backorder with no definitive return to market date. Fortunately, an alternative exists: Medicom® SafeGauze® HemoStat™.

About Medicom SafeGauze HemoStat

SafeGauze HemoStat is a topical hemostatic dressing that is indicated for the management of topical wounds and to temporary control of external surface bleeding. Due to its small size, it fits perfectly into single extraction sites. Prepared by chemical treatment of regenerated cellulose, the material dissolves over time and minimizes the risk of infection while promoting healing thanks to its natural antimicrobial properties.

SafeGauze HemoStat benefits Include:

  • Made from 100% natural cellulose
  • Quickly transforms into a clear gel to fill wound
  • Stays securely in place – No suturing required
  • Natural antibacterial properties promote healing
  • Gradually dissolves into saline and glucose
  • Contains no porcine or other animal-based ingredients

Refer to the SafeGauze HemoStat sell sheet for more information


Many hemostatic gel and foam products are currently on long-term backorder with no return to market date in sight.

Now is the perfect time to try SafeGauze HemoStat —

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Read what industry experts are saying about HemoStat

SafeGauze HemoStat recently won the 2020 Dental Advisor Top Product Award for Best Oral Surgery Hemostatic Dressing.

SafeGauze HemoStat has also been featured in numerous industry publications and expert reviews, including:

Watch how HemoStat works

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3 Best-in-Class Dental Products that Every Dental Professional Needs!

As a leader in infection control and prevention, Medicom is continuously looking for new and innovative ways to contribute to the world’s healthcare professions with high-quality infection control products.

This year, Medicom received three Dental Advisor Top Product awards. The award-winning products include Medicom Pro-Matrix Curve as the top disposable matrix band, Medicom SafeGauze HemoStat as the top hemostatic dressing in the oral surgery category and the recently acquired Hedy Polyisoprene Dental Dam as the top dental dam and Editor’s Choice.

About Dental Advisor

Since 1983, Dental Advisor has been a trusted resource for dental health professionals worldwide. The Dental Advisor website provides concise, accurate, evidence-based and clinically relevant information about dental restorative products, infection control solutions and dental equipment. The authors combine clinical experience with laboratory data and report on the long-term in-vivo performance of materials over time, as well as on objective clinical evaluations, product comparisons and comprehensive long-term clinical performance studies .

Dental Advisor Awards are among the industry’s most respected dental product awards because they are based on clinical and evidence-based research.

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About Medicom’s Award-Winning Products

Pro-Matrix Single Use Matrix Bands

Pro-Matrix matrix bands accelerate restorations and improve results.

These convenient pre-assembled, single-use matrix bands accelerate the restoration process, saving valuable chair time and improving results.

  • Ready to use right out of the package for restorations of every class, in all quadrants
  • Band conforms to natural tooth anatomy for tighter contact
  • Create a smooth external surface against which restorative material can be packed
  • Available in two sizes for optimal fit: 6 mm for molars and 4.5 mm for pediatric and premolar dentition

Download our sell sheet for more product information
Read the clinical evaluation from Dental Advisor

SafeGauze HemoStat Topical Hemostatic Dressing

SafeGauze HemoStat is a 100% natural dissolvable hemostatic dressing designed to control bleeding after extractions, periodontal surgery and other procedures that require bleeding control, with no suturing required.

  • Quickly transforms into a clear gel to fill wound
  • Stays securely in place – No suturing required
  • Natural antibacterial properties promote healing

Download our sell sheet for more product information
Read the clinical evaluation from Dental Advisor

Polyisoprene Dental Dam

Polyisoprene Dental Dams by Hedy isolate specific areas of the mouth during dental procedures to reduce the risk of infection. Their unique formulation has a similar polymer structure and physical properties to natural rubber, without the potential allergen of latex protein. They are powder free and offer superior tear resistance with 1230% maximum elongation.

Download our sell sheet for more product information
Read the clinical evaluation from Dental Advisor

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Patented VersaGown Keeps Healthcare Professionals Protected When Every Second Counts

Addressing an Industry Need

Personal protective equipment (PPE), including isolation gowns, is one of the main forms of barrier protection that help protect healthcare professionals from cross-contamination and infection. However, when every second counts for a patient, healthcare professionals often put their own safety at risk by not wearing their gown correctly. That is why Ritmed developed a gown that significantly improves gown compliance. Based on clinician feedback and independent clinical testing, the company created the VersaGown with FlexNeck Technology™.

The Ultimate Gown for Infection Control Compliance

The innovative VersaGown is part of the most versatile line of protective apparel available. These over-the-head isolation and protective gowns with Flexneck technology meet the need for quick and easy donning and doffing, while providing compliant protection and maximum comfort for wearers of all sizes.

What is Flexneck Technology?

Flexneck technology is a patented over-the-head design that helps ensure infection control compliance. The patented neckline allows healthcare professionals to quickly don the gown with a quick over-the-head motion when speed is of the essence, helping to minimize the risk of an untied gown slipping and exposing skin.

Patented neckline: Innovative, flexible, latex-free, double elastic closure.

Quick donning: Flexneck allows for quick donning and keeps gown from slipping, even when waist ties remain untied.

Safe doffing: After use, gown is removed with a swift breakaway motion that easily snaps the neck closure to prevent self-contamination.

Additional VersaGown Benefits

Adaptable Design

Flexneck technology is available in a variety of isolation gown materials, including SMS and poly-coated, to meet specific clinical needs.

Thumb Loops

Thumb loops maximize coverage by preventing sleeves from riding up.

Waist Ties

Generous waist ties provide additional versatility, comfort and protection.

How to put on and take off the VersaGown:

Independent studies1,2 of patented Flexneck technology show impressive results in reducing cross-contamination versus standard gowns

In an independent study conducted on the Ritmed patented VersaGown design,  a randomized trial demonstrated that the design’s easy removal features at the neck and the increased skin coverage and fit at the wrists, significantly reduced contamination of personnel. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;1–4.

Results: Contamination of skin of the hands/wrists and of clothing was significantly less with the use of the gown with Flexneck™ technology compared to the standard gown (Figure 1).

• Mean log10 PFUs of bacteriophage recovered from skin and clothing was also significantly lower when gowns with Flexneck™ technology were worn (0.07 vs. 0.44, p=0.001).

Figure 1: Contamination of the skin of the hands and wrists and clothing during removal of contaminated gloves and gown
  1. Thirveen et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;39:97-100
  2. Hajar et al. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (2019), 1–3

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Medicom Increases Production as Demand Increases Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Medicom’s unique value proposition

Medicom Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of high-quality infection control products, including surgical, procedural and respiratory face masks. With three decades of scientific expertise, an extensive global network of raw material suppliers and manufacturing operations strategically distributed across three continents, Medicom is uniquely positioned to meet the exponential demand for products like face masks during worldwide health crises like the current Coronavirus outbreak.

Medicom Stays Ahead of the Curve in Times of Need

When several local governments began restricting exports of medical face masks, many infection control companies whose manufacturing facilities are located in Asia struggled to find alternative sources, whereas Medicom was able to simply increase mask manufacturing operations at its production facilities in France and the United States.

Under normal circumstances, the plant manufactures more than 170 million masks per year. They currently have orders for 500 million units.

The Medicom Group’s Kolmi-Hopen facility, located near Angers, France, is currently working at full capacity to meet the exponential demand being generated by the Coronavirus outbreak.

In response to the worldwide increase in demand, employees are working overtime and additional personnel is being hired to further increase output.

Local press coverage has been extensive, including reports by RTL, 20 Minutes, BMF TV, France Info, Ouest-France, C News and France TV

The Group’s U.S. plant, UME, located in Augusta, Georgia, has also increased mask production, adding extra shifts and securing incremental raw materials to help offset the impact of the Chinese export ban.

Read the full press release

Increased demand for other Medicom Products

As medical institutions seek to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, other Medicom products, such as its ProSurface disinfectant wipes and spray, whic kill the Coronavirus in just 60 seconds, are also seeing an exponential increase in demand, as are its medical examination gloves (available only in Canada) and protective apparel.

Proprietary TotalClean™ technology provides one-step cleaning and disinfection in a best-in-class contact time of just 1 minute. Eliminates 48 pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and TB, without damaging the surfaces.

Innovative contoured pleats create a unique pocket that allows air to flow freely while providing optimal filtration. Added comfort features include a fog-free nose strip and soft, strong, ample-length earloops. FreeFlow masks are like a breath of fresh air.

Function, Fashion & Fit
Your dental office power suit
JET BLACK is the NEW black. Made from top-quality materials and designed to provide reliable barrier protection without sacrificing comfort or style.

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Are you wearing the right mask and wearing it right?

Infection control is critical, especially during an outbreak of a potentially fatal virus like the current strain of the Coronavirus. At times like this, it is important to know that infection control companies like Medicom offer a variety of infection control products. This includes surface disinfectants like ProSurface wipes and spray, that kill the Coronavirus in just 60 seconds, as well as protective apparel, including isolation gowns and face masks, to help prevent the spread of the virus.

To learn more about ProSurface, read the blog article.

When it comes to face masks, it is not only important to choose the right mask from a reliable company; it is also important to use the mask correctly.

Medicom recommends that users follow these important guidelines for wearing a protective face mask:

Know your mask

Did you know that different masks offer different levels of protection? In fact, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) classifies protective face masks as level 1, level 2 and level 3, according to the level of protection they offer, with level 3 offering the highest level of protection.

Medicom has masks in all three ASTM levels. Please refer to the chart below to better understand which mask is right you.

When being materialistic is not a bad thing

In addition to its ASTM protection level, the reliability of a mask depends on the quality of the materials used and how they are put together. Here is a quick overview of how Medicom face masks are made:

How to wear a mask properly

Below you will find step-by-step instructions for how to wear a mask correctly:

Step 1

With clean hands, hold the mask by the earloop fasteners on the outside of the mask. Ensure the mask is worn with the colour side facing outward and the folds facing downward.

Step 2

Secure and mold the nose piece comfortably over the bridge of your nose. Pull mask down, fanning it out over your mouth and securing it under your chin, ensuring full coverage of the mouth, chin and nose.

Step 3

Pull earloops tightly around each ear, without twisting the loops. Confirm that mask is secured around the circumference of your face and that it fits snugly for customized protection.

Remember, the key to optimal protection is choosing the right mask and wearing it correctly. It is also essential that you change your mask as soon as it becomes wet or soiled, as well as between patients. Masks are intended for one-time use only and a new mask should be used for every new patient.

Medicom SafeMask® and SafeBasics® Masks

Medicom offers quality protective face masks in all ASTM protection levels. So whether you are looking for a specific protection level, comfort, breathability, fit or colour, Medicom has the mask to meet your needs. See below for a quick overview of extensive selection of masks offered by Medicom.

Breathe Easy. See Clearly.
Stay Comfortable.

Innovative contoured pleats create a unique pocket that allows air to flow freely while providing optimal filtration. Added comfort features include a fog-free nose strip and soft, strong, ample-length earloops. FreeFlow masks are like a breath of fresh air.

Level 1 masks are ideal for oral exams and procedures involving low levels of spray and splatter, such as fluoride treatments, minor orthodontics and basic lab work.

Level 2 masks are ideal for oral exams and procedures involving moderate levels of spray, splatter and airborne particles such as endo or periodontic procedures, bleaching
and lab work with exposure to blood or contaminated materials.

Level 3 masks are ideal for oral exams of high-risk patients, and procedures involving high levels of spray, splatter, moisture and airborne particles. Perfect for ultrasonic scalers, high-speed aerosols, air polishers and oral

Designed especially for sensitive skin, SafeMask SofSkin Level 3
masks provide the highest level of protection without irritating
sensitive faces. Their lightweight, breathable inner layer softens with wear and remains cool on skin.

Level 1 Barrier mask designed with sensitive skin in mind. Cellulose blended inner layer softens with wear and its unique wicking technology keeps the face dry and comfortable all procedure long.

Level 1 masks offer the comfort, fit and protection you expect from SafeMask® with the added benefit of vibrant colour to brighten your daily routine.

Medicom TailorMade dual fit system (nose piece-chin piece) forms a tight seal around the face, eliminating gapping.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved duckbill and cone respirators feature a
95% filter efficiency level and provide protection against particulate aerosols free of oil.

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