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OSAP encourages you to “socialize” your support of dental safety throughout Dental Infection Control Awareness Month by using the sample Facebook posts and tweeting the sample tweets below. Please know that we will be adding new ideas for posts and tweets over the next few weeks to help you have an active social presence that demonstrates your commitment to infection control. Consider adding the Dental Infection Control Awareness Month “button” to your website.  

 

    Hashtags             

  • #2016DICAM (Official hashtag for Dental Infection Control Awareness Month)
  • #DentalSafety
  • #SafestDV

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     Sample Facebook Posts            

  • It’s Dental Infection Control Awareness Month! Did you know our office follows the CDC guidelines for hand hygiene and handwashing? We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Although you may not see it, we wash our hands before putting our gloves on, and again when we take our gloves off after treating each patient. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Want to know why we’ve “gift wrapped” our dental equipment? The plastic covers protect surfaces from becoming contaminated with germs and act as a barrier. We change the plastic barriers between patients. This prevents germs from being transferred from other people to the surfaces and then to you, or vice versa. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Did you know we use hospital-grade cleaners and disinfectants? Surfaces are always cleaned and decontaminated before we treat you. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • It’s Dental Infection Control Awareness Month! Did you know we use disinfectants to make sure surfaces are clean, but we also use surface barriers, such as plastic sleeves, for surfaces that are hard to clean, like switches on dental chairs? We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Did you know that flu can be more dangerous for older people? During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
  • Our office asks all patients who are sick, including those with influenza (the flu), to stay home and make a different appointment for when they are better. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
  • Want protection from the flu but afraid of needles? A nasal spray vaccine is available for people between age 2 years and 49 years-of-age, and a needle-free jet method that pushes the vaccine under the surface of the skin using a high-pressure thin stream of fluid can be used for patients 18 to 64 years-of-age. Your physician can advise you on which method is suitable for you. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
  • Can the flu vaccine give me flu? No. Flu vaccines that are administered with a needle are currently made either with flu vaccine viruses that have been inactivated, and are therefore not infectious, or with no flu vaccine viruses at all. While there can be side effects, they are usually mild and short-lasting, especially when compared to symptoms of a bad case of flu. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
  • Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (September) highlights infection control in dentistry. Infection control is one of the things our office is committed to so we can provide you with safe care. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • It’s Dental Infection Control Awareness Month! Ask us what we do to help keep you safe. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Dental Infection Control Awareness Month Fact: One of the best things people can do to prevent the spread of infection is to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. That’s why we wash our hands before putting our gloves on, and again when we take our gloves off after treating each patient. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Dental Infection Control Awareness Month Fact: Bacteria and other germs can’t resist sterilization, even if they are resistant to antibiotics. That’s why we sterilize our instruments. Bacteria are also not resistant to the disinfectants we use to wipe down surfaces. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Dental Infection Control Awareness Month Fact: CDC recommends that dental offices have an infection control coordinator to monitor infection prevention practices. Have you met [insert name]? He/she is our infection control coordinator. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Antibiotic resistance is a real problem, but did you know that bacteria and other germs can’t resist sterilization, even if they are resistant to antibiotics? That’s why we sterilize our instruments. Bacteria are also not resistant to the disinfectants we use to wipe down surfaces. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • It’s Dental Infection Control Awareness Month! Did you know we have an infection control coordinator whose job it is to manage all of our infection control procedures and monitoring? Next time you’re in, say hi to [insert name]. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Our office promotes a culture of safety. In dentistry, and healthcare in general, a culture of safety is a commitment to the safety of patients and personnel by everyone in the organization. It involves individual accountability, safeguards, training, protocols, reporting, and many other elements. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • It’s Dental Infection Control Awareness Month! Did you know that everyone in our office is regularly trained on infection control? The plastic-type wrap you see over our equipment and chairs is just one example of what we do to protect you. We’d also be happy to show you how our sterilization center works. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Patients sometimes worry about the risk of infection during dental procedures. We use sterile instruments, and disposable instruments and supplies that are used only for you and then thrown out. That means they have been through a rigorous decontamination process and all items are safe for use when we remove them from their sterile packs during your dental appointment. We wash our hands, wear new gloves and masks for each patient, and we make sure work surfaces are cleaned and disinfected between patients. If you have a concern, please tell us! We are happy to explain our infection control procedures. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Dental Infection Control Awareness Month Fact: Many people feel awkward asking their dental care team about infection control procedures. We are always happy to answer your questions and show you what we do behind the scenes to prevent the spread of infection. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • We ask that patients who are sick to call us to reschedule their appointment, and we also ask staff to call in if they are sick. This prevents a sick patient (or staff member) from mixing with other patients and our staff and spreading the illness. This is just one of many ways we work hard to prevent the spread of infection. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM

 
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   Sample Tweets                           

 

  • #Handwashing is one of the best things you can do to stay well. http://1.usa.gov/1A33sMk #DentalSafety #2016DICAM
  • #Handwashing is like a do-it-yourself vaccine. http://1.usa.gov/1A33sMk #DentalSafety #2016DICAM
  • Our office follows the CDC guidelines for #handwashing http://1.usa.gov/1A33sMk #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • “Gift-wrapped” #dental equipment protects surfaces from becoming contaminated. ##DentalSafety #2016DICAM
  • #Dentists use hospital-grade cleaners and disinfectants to help keep #dental patients safe. #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • We always clean and decontaminate surfaces before your #dental visit so you have a #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • Surface barriers are one way we protect our #dental patients. #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • We follow the #CDC guidelines for environmental infection control in #dentistry. #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • We disinfect surfaces to prevent spreading germs from one #dental patient to another so you have a #SafestDV. #2016DICAM
  • Did you know that #seniors are at more risk from #flu? http://bit.ly/19iciK4 #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • Got your #flu shot yet? #Influenza can hit the US as early as October. http://bit.ly/19iciK4 #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • Can the #influenza vaccine give me #flu? No. Learn more: http://bit.ly/19iciK4 #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • Got #flu? Reschedule your #dentist visit for when you feel better. #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • September is #Dental Infection Control Awareness Month. Get your #flu shot. #2016DICAM
  • September is #Dental Infection Control Awareness Month. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • Sterile instruments, disinfection, and barriers- just some of the ways we protect #dental patients. #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • Gloves, masks, and disposable supplies- just some of the ways we protect #dental patients. #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • We promote a culture of safety through the Safest #Dental Visit program. #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • Have the flu? Call to reschedule. We work hard on infection prevention in our #dental office so you have a #SafestDV #2016DICAM
  • We know how important handwashing is—do you? http://bit.ly/1DD9iJy #DentalSafety #2016DICAM
  • Your #DentalSafety is important to us. We’re serious about safety. #2016DICAM
  • How do you know what we’re doing to prevent the spread of infection? Just ask us! #DentalSafety #2016DICAM
  • We’re concerned about #DentalSafety and want you to have a #SafestDV. #2016DICAM

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   Website Button              


  • Post the digital "button" announcing the Dental Infection Control Awareness Month on your website to show your participation in this patient-oriented campaign.
     

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This resource was prepared by clinicians for the benefit of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), a nonprofit, independent organization providing information and education on infection control and prevention and patient and provider safety to dental settings worldwide. The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for the users’ own exercise of their professional judgment.  OSAP, and the clinicians who assisted it in preparing this material, expressly disclaims responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of your reliance on the information contained in this resource.

 Sunday, April 10 
 Chicago, IL

 3:00 - 4:00 pm

   Saturday, April 16 
 Cincinnati, OH

 8 - 11:30 am

AADB Mid-year Meeting

Title: Infection Control Update and Innovative New CDC Tool - High Stakes for Dental Boards

Speakers: Leslie Grant, DDS, MSPA; John O’Keefe, BDentSc, MDentSc, MBA; Katherine Weno, DDS, JD

*Attendees must register for course

National Oral Health Conference

Title: Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care in Your Oral Health Programs

Speakers: Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP; Michele Junger, DDS, MPH; Jill Moore, RDH, BSDH, MHA

*Attendees must register for NOHC


 Thursday-Saturday
 San Diego, CA
 June 2-4

 Sunday, June 4
 New Orleans, LA 
 1:00 - 2:00 pm

OSAP Annual Infection Control Conference

Several Lectures and Discussion Groups will Address the New CDC Information

*Attendees must register to attend OSAP Conference

 

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