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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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Flu season continues. In early February, flu activity in the United States was on the increase. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should receive an annual flu shot. The CDC has stressed that healthy people who were immunized against flu last year should also be immunized again this year. Universal immunization of healthcare personnel has emerged as an important patient safety issue.  Dental health professionals working with the public are also at high risk of coming into contact with individuals who have flu. More information about influenza can be obtained from the CDC, APIC and OSAP Web sites.
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In the second half of 2011, a number of US residents were found to be infected with influenza A variant viruses, primarily H3N2v. Investigations revealed human infections with these viruses following contact with swine as well as limited human-to-human transmission. Click here to access more information on H3N2 variant influenza viruses. In response, the CDC issued Prevention Strategies for Seasonal and Influenza A(H3N2)v in Health Care Settings. Updated information was also issued on January 6, 2012.
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Published in the February 18, 2012 issue of The Lancet is a case report about a woman in Italy who apparently contacted Legionella pneumophilia from a dental unit waterline during routine dental treatment. Aerosolised water from high-speed turbine instruments was most likely the source of the infection says the article. Click here to learn more.
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During February 2012, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published the 2012 adult, child and adolescent immunization schedules.
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A new report funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the DentaQuest Institute entitled Oral Health Quality Improvement in the Era of Accountability outlines 5 elements for improving oral healthcare. These elements include:

  1. Increased use of electronic dental records and integrated health records
  2. Better measurement of oral health outcomes
  3. New payment and incentive mechanisms
  4. Expanded delivery of care by nondental professionals, as well as new types of allied dental professionals
  5. Use of telehealth technologies to reach people in remote areas
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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a new planning tool to help hospitals and health systems prepare for medical surges that could result from a bioterror attack, natural disaster, or other public health emergency. Click here for more information.
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An article published in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) concludes that the antibiotic prescribing practices of dentists for odontogenic infections in children do not appear to be in compliance with recommended professional guidelines. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) developed professional guidelines in an attempt to address the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in dentistry. Click here to learn more. Click here to access the journal abstract.
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In a study published in the February 2012 issue of JADA, researchers at the School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University conclude that periodic sampling of surfaces for Staphylococcus aureus may be a useful adjunct to standard infection control practices in dental healthcare settings. Click here to access the journal abstract.
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The CDC has released TB 101 for Health Care Workers. This Web-based course is designed to educate health care workers about basic concepts related to TB prevention and control in the United States. Continuing Education (CE) credit is offered free of charge. Click here for more information.
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New CDC recommendations offer a new treatment option for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection. Latent TB infection occurs when a person has TB bacteria but does not have symptoms and cannot transmit the bacteria to others. The new 12-dose regimen for TB preventive therapy that will significantly shorten and simplify the course of treatment from about nine months to 12 weeks. Click here to learn more.
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Be sure to bookmark www.HIVdent.orgThe Internet's HIV/AIDS Oral Healthcare Resource.
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For further information about Infection Prevention and Safety Guidelines, Education and Training, Policies and Other Resources see the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.
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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:
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OSAP Infection Control Considerations for Dental Services in Sites Using Portable Equipment or Mobile Vans - Site Analysis
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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.

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American Dental Association
ADA resources on infection control
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Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors
ASTDD and OSAP are working cooperatively to ingegrate infection control and safety throughout ASTDD's policies, best practices and other resources.  Click HERE to see the implementation plan for this integration process.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC has a worker health and safety webpage
See also CDC Emergency Response Guide that recently was updated NEW
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Numerous resources and a searchable database
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OSAP Emergency Preparedness Issue Toolkit
A collection of emergency preparedness resources and information
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Safety and Health Topics for Dentistry from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA standards and directives related to dentistry
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Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual, Chapter 4, Section VIII
Numerous resources that apply to dental and other healthcare settings
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USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service (DECS)
Numerous resources that apply to dental and other healthcare settings
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