Kalaheo Dental Group
Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS and Dr. Ron Quade, DDS

We Fight Germs for a Living

March 17, 2020
Posted By: The entire team at Kalaheo Dental Group
team member from Kalaheo Dental Group

Aloha Valued Patients and Friends,

As dental healthcare professionals, infection control procedures, such as disinfection and sterilization, have been in our wheelhouse for a long time. From HIV to MRSA, tuberculosis, and influenza, and now coronavirus, protecting our patients, our staff, and our families has always been and continues to be our utmost concern.

Even with our excellent standard universal precautions and infection control procedures, we are taking extra care during this time.  Here are some of the things we do.  We hope sharing our precautions with you will let you know that we are here to answer any questions you may have about your own disinfecting home products and techniques for staying healthy now and put you at ease about coming to Kalaheo Dental Group when you need great and safe dental care:

  • Our staff is highly trained in infection control. We undergo regular mandatory training, and our products and techniques exceed industry standards for safety.
  • In addition to our standard universal precautions for infection control, we have increased disinfecting rounds throughout our office in both patient care and reception areas, and we have added even more hand sanitizing stations.
  • We health screen and temperature check all patients and staff and have instituted and posted a precautionary protocol statement outside our office and share this verbally before patients come in for an appointment. This substantially lowers the risk for Coronavirus.
  • We've placed barriers and have protocols to minimize your contact with others in the office,  including waiting in our outdoor breezeway or in you car until your personal treatment space is ready for you.
  • Please note that while delaying elective procedures may be prudent at this time, there is RISK in delaying dental treatment for more urgent conditions. Cavities, cracks, gum disease, etc., can and do get worse and often result in emergencies. Avoid the ER and call us right away for treatment if you have any dental ailments.
  • Our current array of disinfectants and sterilization techniques, from wipes to sprays to steam autoclaves, are scientifically proven to KILL the nastiest of pathogens.

In addition to Coronavirus, our protocols kill:

Avian Influenza A H5N1 virus [Strain VNH5N1-PR8/CDC-RG CDC #2006719965]
Cytomegalovirus [ATCC VR-538], Strain AD-169
Herpes simplex virus type 2 [ATCC VR-734], Strain G
Human Coronavirus [ATCC VR-740], Strain 229E
Influenza A virus/Hong Kong Strain [ATCC VR-544]
*Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A virus (kill claim included) 
Influenza B virus, Strain B/Hong Kong /5/72 [ATCC VR-823]
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) [ATCC VR-26], Strain Long
Adenovirus type 5 [Strain Adenoid 75] [ATCC VR-5]
Rotavirus [Strain WA]
Acinetobacter baumannii, Multi-Drug Resistant [ATCC 19606]
ESBL Producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) [ATCC BAA-196]
Escherichia coli – NDM-1 Positive [CDC 1001728]
ESBL Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae [ATCC 700603]
Klebsiella pneumoniae - Carbapenem Resistant [ATCC BAA-1705]
Klebsiella pneumoniae - NDM-1 Positive [CDC 1000527]
Community Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus 
(CA-MRSA) [NARSA NRS384] [Genotype USA 300]
Community Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus 
(CA-MRSA) [NARSA NRS123] [Genotype USA 400]
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) [ATCC 33592]
Streptococcus pneumoniae – Penicillin Resistant [ATCC 700677]
Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) [NARSA VRS1]
Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE) [ATCC 51575]
Bordetella bronchiseptica [ATCC 10580]
Bordetella pertussis [ATCC 12743]
Burkholderia cepacia [ATCC 25416]
Campylobacter jejuni [ATCC 29428]Enterobacter aerogenes [ATCC 13048]
Escherichia coli [ATCC 11229]
Escherichia coli O157:H7 [ATCC 35150]
Klebsiella pneumoniae [ATCC 4352]
Listeria monocytogenes [ATCC 19111]
Proteus vulgaris [ATCC 9920]
Pseudomonas aeruginosa [ATCC 15442]Salmonella enterica [ATCC 10708]
Serratia marcescens [ATCC 14756]
Shigella dysenteriae [ATCC 11835]
Staphylococcus aureus [ATCC 6538]
Streptococcus pyogenes [ATCC 19615]
Vibrio cholera [ATCC 11623]
Yersinia enterocolitica [ATCC23715]
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) - Duck HBV [Strain 7/31/07]
Hepatitis C virus (Human) (HCV) - Bovine Diarrhea Virus [Strain Oregon C24v-genotype 1]
Campylobacter jejuni [ATCC 29428]
Escherichia coli O157:H7 [ATCC 35150]
Escherichia coli [ATCC 11229]
Klebsiella pneumoniae [ATCC 4352]
Listeria monocytogenes [ATCC 19111]
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) [NARSA NRS384] (Genotype USA 300)
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) [NARSA NRS123] [Genotype USA 400]
Pseudomonas aeruginosa [ATCC 15442]
Salmonella enterica [ATCC 10708]
Staphylococcus aureus [ATCC 6538]
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) [ATCC 33592] Streptococcus pyogenes [ATCC 19615]

The bottom line is this: we are here for you to answer any questions you may have not only about our disinfection products and procedures but also about your home and personal infection control techniques as you go about your daily routine.  As always, we are happy to be a resource for our patients and our community, and together, we will get through this!

We're open and serving patients during our normal business hours. Call us at (808) 332-9445 with any questions, and let us know how we may be of assistance to you.

The entire team at Kalaheo Dental Group

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