Literature Review and Recommendations: Management of Dental Unit Waterlines

Publication Date: 09 August 2019

This literature review aims to produce evidence-based recommendations for the appropriate management (including decontamination) of dental unit waterlines (DUWLs) in general dental practices, community dental clinics and dental hospitals.

​Objectives

  • ​To summarise the risk of DUWL contamination to patients and staff, and identify measures that may be taken to prevent contamination of DUWLs.
  • To assess the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of DUWL decontamination agents in general dental practices, community dental clinics and dental hospitals.
  • To review dental chair unit (DCU) manufacturers’ guidance on their recommendations for effective decontamination of DUWLs.​

Resource information

Publisher:
Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Literature Review