NECESSITY OF SINGLE-USE BURS
PM News Reader Query: Standard of Care for Electric Debridement of Nails
What is the current standard of care in podiatry with regard to use of electrical drills for dystrophic toenails? Are podiatrists still doing this? If so, are the drill bits individually sterilized and used only once? Is the use of drills to debride dystrophic toenails still taught in the podiatry schools?
Response from PM News’s Barry Block, DPM, JD
A segment of an on-topic article from JAPMA has been forwarded to me by a PM News reader. We welcome any insights or comments from our readers.
Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization of Podiatric Medical Instruments
“Given the challenges with cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of podiatric medical instruments seen in these outbreaks, disposable, single-use instruments and devices should be used whenever possible and disposed of immediately after use in accordance with state and local medical waste regulations. All reusable patient-care instruments and devices used must be first cleaned and then disinfected or, preferably, sterilized before use to prevent patient-to-patient transmission of infectious agents.”
Response from Foot DocPreneur’s David Zuckerman, DPM