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Why Should I wear outerwear and how often should I change it?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: Why should I wear outerwear and how often should I change it? Dr. Nita Mazurat, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) has provided this quick initial response Outerwear is worn to prevent exposure of street clothes and operator’s skin to saliva and blood when aerosols are produced. Outerwear should be changed whenever visibly soiled or daily, whichever comes first.       Do you need further information on this topic? Do you have any comments or suggestions? Email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Your are invited to comment on this post and provide further insights ...

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Quick Response: What determines how I wash my hands and with what agent?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What determines how I wash my hands and with hat agents? Dr. Nita Mazurat, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) has provided this quick initial response     The answer to this question depends on the treatment being performing and whether or not you wish to have sustained antimicrobial action (substantivity) following hand washing. Hands are always washed just prior to gloving and immediately upon removal of gloves. When performing critical procedures, such as surgery, the guidelines suggest the use of a surgical scrub using an antimicrobial soap. Consideration should also ...

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Quick Response: Why do I have to wash my hands, if I am wearing gloves?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: Why do I have to wash my hands, if I am wearing gloves? Dr. Nita Mazurat, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) has provided this quick initial response Hand hygiene is performed because hands are a potential source of contamination to the patient, when placing gloves or during treatment. Microorganisms grow exponentially in the warm moist environment of the glove. If a glove becomes compromised during treatment, there is more protection to the patient, if the hands have been washed and perhaps even more if they were washed using an antimicrobial ...

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Quick Response: What should I use for washing my hands before gloving?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What should I use for washing my hands before gloving? Dr. Nita Mazurat, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) has provided this quick initial response To wash your hands prior to gloving, you can use plain or antimicrobial soap which are recommended for hand washing at the beginning and the end of the day. Your hand wash should be about 20 seconds long. Between patients and if your hands are not visibly soiled, a shorter wash with plain water is adequate and a hand sanitizer can also be used.   ...

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Quick Response: What are the guidelines for washing hands?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What are the guidelines for washing hands if I am moving directly from one patient to another, such as when my hygienist asks me to perform an examination? Dr. Nita Mazurat, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) has provided this quick initial response The guidelines for hand washing state that hands should always be washed immediately after removing a pair of gloves and immediately before placing another pair of gloves. However, to be practical, if you are moving directly from one patient to another, remove contaminated gloves, hold your ...

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Press Release: OSAP Joins Forces With JCDA Oasis

OSAP Joins Forces With JCDA Oasis     ANNAPOLIS, MD — MAY 15, 2013 — The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is joining forces with the Canadian Dental Association and its Journal of the Canadian Dental Association Oasis program to bring infection prevention resources to Canadian dental professionals. Recently, the JCDA underwent a metamorphosis into JCDA Oasis (online advice and searchable information system). The web-based Oasis combines a peer-reviewed journal, a chairside clinical decision support tool and a blog site, Oasis Discussion, where clinicians’ questions are answered. The program is designed to facilitate dental engagement and discussion around ...

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Should the transmission (gears) inside prophy heads and slow speed hand pieces be sterilized between patients?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: “Should the transmission (gears) inside prophy heads and slow speed hand pieces be sterilized between patients? I find to my surprise that assistants and hygienists leave these on the angle nose cones.” A quick initial response is provided by Dr. Nita Mazurat, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) 1. Should all hand pieces be sterilized following patient use? The recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings – 2003” is “to ...

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