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Dental Unit Water Lines and their Disinfection and Management: A Review.

Pankhurst, Caroline L; Scully, Crispian; Samaranayake, Lakshman.
Dent Update; 44(4): 284-5, 289-92, 2017 Apr.
Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29172350
The perceived threat to public health from dental unit water line (DUWL) contamination comes from opportunistic and respiratory pathogens such as Legionella spp, Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) and pseudomonads. These organisms can grow and multiply in the DUWL biofilm to reach infective concentrations, with the potential for inhalation leading to respiratory infections or direct contamination of surgical wounds. In this paper we discuss current legislation and practical methods for delivering water within the DUWL that meets the standards for safety. Clinical relevance Understanding the clinical relevance and methods for decontaminating DUWL is essential to create a safe working environment in dentistry.