Single Use Lens Caps to Prevent Patient Cross Contamination
VELcaps are sold in 128-count shipping boxes that include eight 16-count dispenser boxes for convenient use in the operatory.
How To Use
- First place a VELsheath over your VELscope® Vx device
- Next, position VELcap parallel to the front face of the device
- Gently press VELcap on by engaging the paper tabs into the groove on the outside of the device.
- Perform the VELscope® Vx patient exam.
- Remove and dispose of the contaminated VELcap and VELsheath with gloved hands after use.
- Wipe down the external surfaces of the device with a hospital-grade surface disinfectant and a towelette or gauze, such as Caviwipes™ or equivalent. A new VELcap should be mounted on the device immediately after cleaning to protect the optical elements during inactivity.
IMPORTANT: Hold the VELcap by the rim only and avoid touching the clear plastic window.
When not in use, it is recommended that you place a new VELsheath over the VELscope® Vx scope to prevent dust particles and debris from settling in the hard-to-clean areas of the scope. This will prolong the life of the scope and ensure it is free of debris for the next patient.
The VELcap must be disposed after each use in keeping with CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. Although the unit does not touch the patient's mouth, it is held close enough to become contaminated. Airborne pathogens can jeopardize the optics of the scope.
Barrier protection of surfaces and equipment can prevent contamination of clinical contact surfaces, but is particularly effective for those that are difficult to clean. Barriers include clear plastic wrap, bags, sheets, tubing, and plastic-backed paper or other materials impervious to moisture. Clinical contact surfaces can be directly contaminated from patient materials either by direct spray or spatter generated during dental procedures or by contact with DHCP's gloved hands. These surfaces can subsequently contaminate other instruments, devices, hands, or gloves. Because such coverings can become contaminated, they should be removed and discarded between patients, while DHCP are still gloved. DHCP should place clean barriers on these surfaces before the next patient. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings - 2003.