CDE logo Biocentric Seminars title image
Biocentric Seminars logo

Home | About Us | Our Products and Services | References | Frequently Asked Questions | Contact Us

Our Products and Services

VII. A free self-evaluation questionnaire for hygienists that may wonder if their operatory and armamentarium are ergonomically sound.

Answer the following questions by checking your answers in the proper columns. A printer-friendly version of this self-evaluation questionnaire is also available.

Questions

Column #1 Column #2
1. Is the floor of the operatory a hard surface?
Yes
no
2. Do you have access to the 7, 9 & 12 o'clock positions?
Yes
no
3. Is the patients chair fully adjustable so the patient's mouth can be at the level of your dominant elbow?
Yes
no
4. If you work on a stool, does it roll easily and allow you to sit comfortably with both feet on the floor?
Yes
no
5. Can the tray with your hand instruments be located near the elbow of your dominant hand?
Yes
no
6. Is the instrument cluster (hand piece, suction, etc.) located either to the left of the patient's head or in a front delivery module (over the patient)?
Yes
no
7. Is the operating light conveniently located and easily manipulated?
Yes
no
8. Is the X-ray view box located somewhere between the 12 and 3 o'clock positions?
Yes
no
9. Is the patient's probe chart easily visible, somewhere between the 12 and 3 o'clock positions?
Yes
no
10. Do you have ready access to the patient's chart when notes need to be made?
Yes
no
11. Do you use anatomic gloves?
Yes
no
12. Do you use large handled instruments?
Yes
no
13. Do you use area specific (like Gracy) curets?
Yes
no
14. Do you know how to check your instruments for balance?
Yes
no
15. Do you have an adequate supply of instruments?
Yes
no
16. Do you agree that a sharp curet becomes dull after 12 to 15 strokes?
Yes
no
17. Do you agree that sharp instruments are more efficient that dull instruments?
Yes
no
18. Do you sharpen instruments at the chair?
Yes
no
19. If not, do you have enough sharp instruments to replace each one every 12 to 15 strokes?
Yes
no
20. Do you have enough sharpening stones to have one for each tray while working?
Yes
no

In scoring, column #1 is assigned "0" and column #2 = "1". The ideal office, ergonomically speaking, would have a score of "O." To evaluate your situation, review each "No" answer and consider how it could be made a "Yes." Dr. Meador's textbook has the answers to most of these questions. He is available for consultation at (210) 826-1884.

Click here for a printer-friendly version of this questionnaire.

return to top of page

Products And Services Quick Menu


III. Video tape with a verbatim script.
IV. Textbook that is recommended reading prior to seminars, site visits and viewing the video tape.
V. Free self-evaluation "Pain Questionnaire" for hygienists that may wonder if they need help or not.
VII. Free self-evaluation questionnaire for hygienists that may wonder if their operatory and armamentarium are ergonomically sound.
VIII. Free self-evaluation process for dentists that can help them to better determine the effectiveness of their hygiene program.