OSAP 2014 Symposium - Infection Control in Dentistry - Then, Now and What's Next
OSAP 2014 Symposium: Moving Forward to a Safer Tomorrow in Dentistry
Infection Control in Dentistry - Then, Now and What's Next
In December 1987, dentist Dr. David Acer treated Kimberly Bergalis. In May 1989, Ms Bergalis began to show symptoms of AIDS and was diagnosed with the disease in December 1989. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would eventually identify a total of ten HIV-positive former Acer patients, and link the infections of six to their dentist.
This panel will address the impact of the Acer case on public perceptions of dentistry and infection control and describe early efforts to assess the risk of HIV transmission in healthcare settings before and immediately after the Florida investigation.
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) was founded about the same time and has become a global advocate for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. Learn from past lessons to help ensure a safer environment in the future.
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