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INFECTION PREVENTION AND SAFETY  | IN THE  NEWS  | OTHER SAFETY RESOURCES

 

 

Infection Prevention and Safety

State oral health programs have a shared responsibility for the safe delivery of oral health care. ASTDD is partnering with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) to link states to technical assistance, educational materials, information on policy development and other resources on infection prevention and safety.

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In The News Spring - Summer 2015

Globally, MERS has been in the news. There have been no MERS cases in the United States since May 2014. The risk of MERS to the general public in this country remains very low. CDC and other public health partners continue to closely monitor the MERS situation. CDC has issued a HAN Advisory entitled Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection on June 11, 2015. 

US lawmakers are to examine worst-ever bird flu outbreak.

According to a special June issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), significant disparities in the burden of disease and illness experienced by different groups continue to persist. 

A major study found that starting antiretroviral treatment early improves outcomes for HIV-infected individuals. 

The FDA has issued a proposed rule to address data gaps for certain active ingredients in health care antiseptics.

A WHO report has found that systems to combat antibiotic resistance are lacking.

For 70 years, people in the United States have benefited from drinking water with fluoride, leading to better dental health. On April 27, HHS issued a final recommendation for community water fluoridation.
 
For further information about Infection Prevention and Safety Guidelines, Education and Training, Policies and Other Resources see the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.

 

A non-profit organization, OSAP is a unique group of dental practitioners, allied healthcare workers, industry representatives, and other interested persons with a collective mission to promote infection control and related science-based health and safety policies and practices. OSAP supports this commitment to dental workers and the public through quality education and information dissemination. OSAP is a trusted source of information for dental educators, consultants, clinicians, researchers and policy makers that provides timely updates, advanced education, innovative training tools, referenced answers to vexing infection control questions and proven strategies to address compliance challenges. Its checklists, issue foci and position papers provide practical, scientifically sound information and recommendations on specific issues like H1N1, dental unit water quality, "green" infection control, instrument processing, surface asepsis, percutaneous injuries, and much more.

Examples of some of the tools include:

OSAP Infection Control Considerations for Dental Services in Sites Using Portable Equipment or Mobile Vans - Site Analysis

OSAP Infection Control Checklist for Dental Programs Using Mobile Vans or Portable Dental Equipment

 

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 Other Safety Resources

Other safety issues include ergonomics, ey protection, use of visible light cure units, noise control, handling of dental mercury, ventilation, nitrous oxide, radiation from dental x-rays, etc.
 
American Dental Association
ADA resources on infection control

 
Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors
ASTDD and OSAP are working cooperatively to integrate infection control and safety throughout ASTDD's policies, best practices and other resources. Click HERE to see the implementation plan for this integration process.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC has a worker health and safety webpage
See also CDC Emergency Response Guide that recently was updated
 
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Numerous resources and a searchable database
 
OSAP Emergency Preparedness Issue Toolkit
A collection of emergency preparedness resources and information
 
Safety and Health Topics for Dentistry from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA standards and directives related to dentistry
 

Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual, Chapter 4, Section VIII
Numerous resources that apply to dental and other healthcare settings

 
USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service (DECS)
Numerous resources that apply to dental and other healthcare settings  
 
Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective This health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is an11-part Toolkit that provides a detailed and comprehensive set of guidelines to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.
 
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