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Bringing the CDC Infection and Prevention Guidelines to the Dental Office

Dr. Nita Mazurat, from the College of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the new Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines and Recommendations which were recently released. The document summarizes current infection prevention recommendations and includes a checklist that can be used to evaluate compliance. Highlights The document summarizes current infection prevention recommendations and includes a checklist that can be used to evaluate compliance. The information presented here is based primarily upon the previously published 2003 guideline and represents infection prevention expectations for safe care in dental settings. The Summary includes additional topics and information relevant ...

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Managing measles in the dental practice

This summary is based on the feature published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Managing measles in dental practice. A forgotten foe makes a comeback (July 2015) Sara C. Gordon, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C), FDS-RCS (Edin); Noni E. MacDonald, MD, MSc, FRCP(C) Courtesy of the Journal of the American Dental Association, you can access the full text of the article for the next 3 months here (PDF) Measles is a serious, highly contagious disease that could easily be transmitted to vulnerable patients in your office, with potentially deadly consequences. It is preventable with vaccination. Every dentist has a responsibility ...

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How do I best disinfect my operatory?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What is the most responsible and efficient way for dental offices to clean an operatory between patients and what disinfectants should we be using and where? Drs. Nita Mazurat, from the University of Manitoba, and Suham Alexander provided a quick initial response.  This is probably the most frequently asked question by clinicians dealing with infection prevention and control. As a matter of fact, the real question is “which disinfectant should I use in my office?” The answer would be much easier, if there wasn’t such a wide variety of products offered on ...

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OSAP Symposium at end of May in Baltimore to feature top infection control leaders

As Chair of the Board, I am happy to welcome you to the 2015 Symposium of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), with the theme “Gain the Edge on Infection Control” in just a couple of weeks. The annual OSAP Symposium is the premier infection control education and networking event in the dental sector. Nationally and internationally known authorities discuss current and emerging issues relating to infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare settings, and provide attendees with essential resources, valuable tools, and new approaches for better protecting patients and staff. Experts from leading research and educational facilities, ...

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The Implications of Ebola for Dentistry – a webinar from ADA/CDC/OSAP

Dr. John O’Keefe is currently Chair of the Board of OSAP On Oct. 29, 2014, the American Dental Association (ADA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), hosted a webinar to answer specific questions regarding the outbreak of Ebola and the implications for dental offices. The webinar is published below in four chapters, each one featuring a different speaker. In Chapter 1,  a physician at CDC outlines the latest medical knowledge about Ebola and its implications for healthcare workers. In Chapter 2, the President of the ADA speaks ...

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Ebola Update: More Resources Available

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). It is important to know the facts about Ebola and to be prepared for it.  This is a compilation of resources prepared by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention OSAP), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The risk of an Ebola transmission in a dental healthcare setting is extremely low. It is highly unlikely that someone with Ebola symptoms will seek dental care when they are severely ill. ...

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An Ebola toolkit for dentists by the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP)

The Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) released the Ebola toolkit for dentists. Drs. Nita Mazurat and Suham Alexander prepared the following resource based on the OSAP toolkit. The OSAP website has just been updated. Click here for the updated toolkit.  The guiding principle “triage, cohort, and isolate” during times of acute emerging disease or pandemics has been developed as a result of past experience with SARS and H1N1 and outbreaks of other infectious diseases resulting in many people becoming infected over a short period of time.  In both SARS and H1N1 outbreaks, the stages were: recognition of an emerging ...

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Controlling infections and cross contamination in the dental office

This summary is based on the article published in the British Dental Journal: General medicine and surgery for dental practitioners: part 4. Infections and infection control (July 2014) N. Jakubovics, M. Greenwood and J. G. Meechan     Context Infection control and knowledge of common infectious agents is a cornerstone of safe dental practice. Purpose of the Article This paper summarises the measures that need to be taken to control cross infection and discusses some of the infectious agents of concern to dental practitioners. Key Messages Measures to control cross infection: Hand Hygiene: Before patient contact Before an aseptic task ...

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