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INFECTION PREVENTION AND SAFETY  | IN THE NEWS FALL | 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 2014

The American Dental Association (ADA), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OSAP are providing Ebola resources to dental professionals. Click here for further information. Click here to access OSAP’s Ebola Toolkit.

CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in flu illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school. Vaccination also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, make plans to get your flu vaccine this fall. CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all US health care workers get vaccinated annually against influenza.

The American Public Health Association released an article about school health entitled Lessons from Ebola: How schools can stay healthy.
Over the last several months, the United States has experienced a nationwide outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.

Data from the CDC shows early childhood caries trending down.  

WHO released Global Tuberculosis Report 2014 on October 22. Click here to learn more about the global tuberculosis situation and trends. WHO warned that multi-drug resistant tuberculosis remains at crisis levels. 

November is National Diabetes Month---take steps to improve diabetes outcomes. Learn more.

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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