Sultan Healthcare?s disposable FlashTips help prevent cross-contamination in seconds.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in its 2003 Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Healthcare Settings, strongly recommends the use of single-use disposable instruments whenever possible. One area in the dental office where disposable instruments are particularly important is the use of evacuation tips. Blood, saliva, and dental materials can build up in the evacuation tips? chambers. Over time, that buildup becomes more and more difficult to properly clean. To address the CDC recommendation and the issue of debris buildup, Sultan Healthcare introduced FlashTips. These disposable evacuation tips help prevent crosscontamination while a locking indicator and wide locking groove ensure the tip stays in place.
This Dental Product Shopper evaluation was conducted by 14 evaluators, a mix of dentists and hygienists. They rated and provided feedback on features such as ease of use, effectiveness in minimizing crossover of air and water, and smoothness of tips.
Ease of Use
According to the manufacturer, FlashTips feature quick and easy changeover after each patient. For additional ease of use, no converters are required.
When the evaluators were asked to rate the ease of use in terms of placement and removal of tip for FlashTips, 9 rated it as excellent, 4 rated it as very good, and 1 rated it as fair. An evaluator who has been in practice for 9 years said, ?It is very easy to place and remove.? A hygienist evaluator from Richland, WA, with 26 years of experience said, ?The little end piece never broke in the syringe on removal.? This same evaluator gave FlashTips an overall satisfaction rating of excellent and said she would definitely recommend them to colleagues.
When asked what the product can improve on, an evaluator from Moorestown, NJ, said, ?The only real issue would be the occasional clogging of the tip (happened approximately once out of 15 times),? while a dentist evaluator said, ?Every tip worked perfectly every time.?
Effectiveness of Minimizing Crossover of Air and Water
According to Sultan Healthcare, FlashTips? solid construction features an inner tube that does not shift under pressure and separate air and water chambers to minimize crossover.
When evaluators were asked to rate FlashTips? effectiveness of minimizing crossover of air and water, 9 rated it as excellent and 5 rated it as very good. An evaluator from Westfield, NJ, with 3 years of experience said, ?I felt that the air and water had a nice constant stream. I never thought there could be a difference in syringes.? Another evaluator said that he liked the ?visibility of water through the syringe.?
Smoothness of the Tips
Sultan Healthcare describes FlashTips as having smooth, rounded edges to prevent harm to both patients and equipment.
When the evaluators were asked to rate the smoothness of FlashTips?whether they damaged tissue or equipment?10 rated them as excellent, 3 rated them as very good, and 1 rated them as good. When asked what she liked best about FlashTips, a hygienist evaluator said, ?I liked that the syringe is very rigid. It did not flex.? A hygienist evaluator who rated the smoothness of the tips as excellent said, ?I have used other disposable air/water tips and they seem much more flimsy.? This same evaluator said FlashTips are much better than similar products.
When the evaluators were asked if they would recommend FlashTips to their colleagues, all 14 evaluators said definitely or probably. When asked if they would purchase FlashTips in the future, 12 of the 14 evaluators said definitely or probably.
At the end of the evaluation, the dentists and hygienists who participated were asked to give their overall satisfaction rating of FlashTips. Eight evaluators gave the tips an overall satisfaction rating of excellent, 5 rated it as very good, and 1 rated it as good. One evaluator said, ?I like [FlashTips] a lot because they always work great.? An evaluator from Vista, CA, with 22 years of experience summed up his evaluation by saying, ?The only thing I would change is the name to ?Best Tips,? since these are the best tips on the market.?