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May 3, 2016
A failing handpiece can be due to several factors. After diagnosis, a failed turbine is often the culprit. There are several reasons why a turbine may fail. Below are some of the most common causes:
Your dental handpiece is one of your most utilized instruments in the office and will need some TLC every day. Improper use and poor maintenance can lead to expensive repairs or total handpiece replacements later down the road. Hopefully, these tips will assist you in limiting premature turbine failures in the future.
Initially, getting your dental office set-up usually consists of the basic configurations, but as time goes on you determine you need to modify your operatory. This dentist wants to add an another HVE to his nitrous system:
We of course have a better explanation on your nitrous equipment (Practice Tip #77) that can help you understand your nitrous further. See more quick tips like this every Tuesday and on our Technical Q&A page.
April 27, 2016
Fresenius Kabi USA is voluntarily recalling 30 mL vials of Sensorcaine®-MPF (bupivacaine HCl). One lot (Lot Number 6111504; Product Code 470237) was found to have visible particulate matter that the company believes is glass.
Sensorcaine®-MPF injections are used as local or regional anesthesia/analgesia for dental, oral surgery, as well as therapeutic, diagnostic, and obstetric procedures.
The company warns that administering a solution containing glass particulates may result in "inflammation or injury," although, there have been no reports of adverse events. Professionals are encouraged to contact the company with any questions and patients should contact their physician should they experience any problems.
More information on the FDA MedWatch recall announcement can be found here.