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DENTAL DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES TO GO NATIONAL WITH STERILCHEK SERVICE

 DENTAL DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES TO GO NATIONAL WITH STERILCHEK SERVICE
 BELLEVUE, Wash., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Dental Diagnostic Services Inc. (DDS) today announced a joint national marketing agreement with Sime Health that will enable it to offer its STERILCHEK(TM) Sterilizer Monitoring Service to dental offices nationwide. Since October 1991, STERILCHEK has been available only to Washington state dentists.
 "With growing public concern over contracting HIV and other infectious diseases," commented Dr. Bernard Moncla, co-founder and president, "the dental profession is encouraging stricter measures to insure that dental instruments are sterilized properly. Our STERILCHEK services offer dentists and patients proof that the sterilization process is effective."
 "Recent national television broadcasts (on CBS: Street Stories; and on ABC: Prime Time Live)," commented co-founder Dr. James Clagett, "have further increased public awareness of the role that strict infection control practices can play in minimizing patient and practitioner exposure to infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis."
 The STERILCHEK service uses bacterial spores to determine the effectiveness of sterilization procedures. When a positive spore culture is detected by the STERILCHEK laboratory, the dental office is notified immediately by telephone. The STERILCHEK staff review the sterilization procedures and make appropriate recommendations to correct the situation and minimize patient risk.
 Recent articles published in "The Journal of the American Dental Association" and other academic/research journals have found that dental sterilization procedures fail between 18 percent and 30 percent of the time. Unsterile instruments expose patients to infectious disease risks. Effective May 15, the Washington State Dental Disciplinary Board enacted a new law requiring weekly sterilizer monitoring. Nine other states have specific regulations or policies and the company anticipates that similar laws will soon be passed in other states.
 Moncla was a professor of Oral Biology and Periodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry; he has a background in asepsis and has published numerous articles dealing with microbiology. Clagett was a professor at the University of Washington Schools of Dentistry and Medicine for over 15 years and has a considerable academic and corporate background in microbiology and immunology.
 Sime Health Ltd. is an infection control company located in Seattle. It manufactures condoms, rubber gloves and other infection- control products for worldwide markets. It is a member of the Sime Darby Group, which has $2.5 billion in annual sales and is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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 /CONTACT: James Clagett of Dental Diagnostic Services, 206-462-0441 (before 5 p.m.), or 206-568-3988, (after 6 p.m.)/ CO: Dental Diagnostic Services; Sime Health; Sime Darby Group ST: Washington IN: HEA SU:


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