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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 - Fall 2016

Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (DICAM) was observed during September. Further information and resources can be found on the OSAP website at: http://www.osap.org/page/DICAM2016  

The CDC Director has joined leading medical and public health experts at a NFID News Conference to discuss Influenza Outlook 2016-2017: What You Should Know about Flu Prevention This Season

Protect yourself and your family from influenza by being immunized for it. Further information can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/index.htm 

An issue of CDC Vitalsigns has been dedicated to dental sealants. School-age children (ages 6-11) without sealants have almost 3 times more 1st molar cavities than those with sealants. Although the overall number of children with sealants has increased over time, low-income children are 20% less likely to have them and 2 times more likely to have untreated cavities than higher-income children. 

CDC has updated its guidance related to local Zika transmission in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

International Infection Prevention Week was observed October 16-22. 

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs.
 
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, eye protection, use of visible light cure units, noise control, handling of dental mercury, ventilation, nitrous oxide, radiation from dental x-rays, etc.

ADA resources on infection control

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 healthcare worker health and safety webpage
Numerous resources and a searchable database
 
A collection of emergency preparedness resources and information 
 
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
 
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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