Tag Archives: Dental

PACKS OF DENTAL INSTRUMENTS NOT STERILISED COMPLETELY USED ON PATIENTS

In an unprecedented failure by the authorities, it seems that 72 packs of dental instruments not completely sterilised were used in patient treatment last week at the National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS). The packs were used on patients on 5 and 6 June. All the packs were used for dental treatment before they could be retrieved, although the risk of infection to patients has been assessed to be "extremely low". NDCS clarified that it was because the earlier steps in the sterilisation process would have removed close to 100 per cent of organisms of concern. However, the lapse was still a notable concern, and NCDS explained that he instruments had undergone thermal washer disinfection but had not completed the final step of steam sterilisation before being used at its specialist outpatient clinics on levels 2, 4 and 6 of the NDCS building.

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DENTAL PROBLEMS MAY TAKE 1 YEAR BEFORE TREATMENT GIVEN AT DENTAL CENTRE

The government have given out goodies in terms of subsidised dental treatments. However, the demand for dental treatments far outstripped the what the dentists in the public sector can cope with, thus this long wait of a year or more for their treatment. Among treatments mentioned are those for serious dental problems such as periodontitis or severe gum infection. Going to a private dentist are expensive, thus this queue for dentists in the public sector. Brings question such as why is there a lack of dentists in the public sector available. Again, a lack of foresight, of proper planning? Or just pure dumb luck that dental problems suddenly became a big issue?

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WHY SHOULD THE GOVT TELL OUR HOW WE CAN OR CANNOT SPEND OUR MEDISAVE SAVINGS?

According to its letter to the Forum page of the lapdog sheet, The Straits Times, it is doing it as “we hear Singaporeans’ feedback”. This begs a fundamental question: Medisave is our hard-earned money and each of us have different medical needs, many of which are not covered under Medisave. Why do we need a small group of bureaucrats to tell us when we can and cannot use our own money for our own health-related expenditures?

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