Aerosols in the Dental Office
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic and the debate around aerosol generating procedures continues. And whilst original thinking suggested that transmission of the virus was being driven by large droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces, more recent studies are suggesting airborne transmission too. On November 4th of last year, Canada quietly acknowledged that aerosols were an issue.
In this edition of CDA Oasis Live, Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, welcomes Dr. David French, a periodontist from Calgary AB, to discuss the management of aerosols in the dental office. Dr. French reviews the key strategies and protocols implemented so far in practices across Canada, and brings a particular focus to the application of UV light in removing airborne contaminants.
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Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team
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- Efficacy of High-volume Evacuator in Aerosol Reduction: Truth or Myth? A Clinical and Microbiological Study (PDF)