What Is HVE, and Why Is It Important?
High Volume Evacuation (HVE) is one of the best ways to aid in dental aerosol management. The CDC and ADA state that if aerosol-generating procedures are necessary for dental care, it is recommended to use high evacuation suction and dental dams to minimize droplet spatter and aerosols.
COVID-19 has put dental aerosol management at the forefront. Dental hygienists and assistants now have to re-invent themselves to fit our current times, and the safety of both dental workers and patients is top of mind.
The Toll on Dental Assistants and Hygienists
Using HVE tools can be difficult when a practitioner is working alone. Many dental offices have stiff, old HVE hoses with very heavyweight valves; this causes an excess burden on the practitioner’s wrist, arm, holders, and neck. As a result, both dental assistants and hygienists suffer from repetitive motion disorders.
According to Johnson, C.R. & Kanji, Zul. (2016), the impact of occupation-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is vast. The one-year prevalence rate of MSDs in dental hygienists ranges from 60% to 96%, with pain most frequently presenting in the neck, shoulder, wrist, hand, and back. To manage their pain, many dental hygienists seek conventional solutions, such as medication and splints.
The A~flexX Infinity Hose HVE Solution
Now more than ever, dental hygienists and dental assistants have to put themselves first and work smarter, not harder. One of the most important things that a dental practice should do is switch their old HVE hoses for a much lighter-weight HVE hose.
As of now, A~flexX Assist Arm has the most lightweight replacement hose in the dental market. The Infinity Hose is 60% lighter in weight than all current HVE hoses. A~flexX also carries a Lightweight Valve, further reducing the overall burden on the wrist, neck, and shoulders.
Combined, the Infinity Hose and Lightweight Valve provide the perfect solution to manage aerosol exposure and reduce your risk for repetitive motion disorders. Invest in your health now so that you can practice safely. Practicing Mindful Ergonomics is the key to your career longevity.
For more information on our Infinity Hose HVE solution, or any of our other products, please contact us on our website or at (954) 306-9603.
Citation: Johnson, C.R. & Kanji, Zul. (2016). The impact of occupation-related musculoskeletal disorders on dental hygienists. Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene. 50. 72-79.