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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 5STATE BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 108PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
SUBCHAPTER BSANITATION AND INFECTION CONTROL
RULE §108.23Definitions

The following words or terms, when used in Subchapter B, Sanitation and Infection Control, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. The definitions of the terms health care worker, exposure-prone, invasive-procedure, and universal precautions, as those terms are defined in the Texas Health and Safety Code, §85.202, as amended Acts 72nd Legislature, First Called Session, Section 36, Chapter 41 (1991), (hereinafter referenced as "THSC, §...") and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, ("CDC") as applied to the practice of dentistry, are incorporated herein by reference.

  (1) Barrier techniques--the use of protective items against infection-transmission during any intraoral or invasive procedure to include appropriate gloves for the procedure performed. This definition shall include protective eye wear and nasal/oral masks when "splash, spatter, or aerosol" of body fluids is possible or expected.

  (2) Disinfection--the partial elimination of active growth stage bacteria and the inactivation of some viruses. The potential for infections remains after disinfection, including infection with M. tuberculosis, hepatitis A virus (HAV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV). The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may also remain active following disinfection.

  (3) Sterilization--a process by which all forms of life within a defined environment are completely destroyed.


Source Note: The provisions of this §108.23 adopted to be effective February 20, 2001, 26 TexReg 1494

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