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Public Health Dentistry End December 4, 2012

 

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.



In The News

On August 14, 2012, a coalition of more than 35 leading dental organizations (including OSAP) joined the Ad Council in launching the first campaign on children's oral health. Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. More than 16 million children in the United States suffer from untreated tooth decay. According to a survey released by the Ad Council, less than half (44%) of parents in the US report that their child brushes their teeth twice a day or more. In time for the back-to-school season, the Ad Council is joining The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives (a coalition of more than 35 leading dental health organizations) to debut Kids' Healthy Mouths. The new Kids' Healthy Mouths public service campaign is aimed at parents and caregivers throughout the US, particularly low-income families. It stresses the importance of brushing for 2 minutes twice a day. Click here to learn more.


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that all baby boomers (the generation born from 1945 through 1965) receive a one-time hepatitis C test. Hepatitis C causes serious liver diseases, including liver cancer (the fastest-rising cause of cancer-related deaths). It is also the leading cause of liver transplants in the US. Click here to access the CDC Press Release.


Flu vaccine makers began shipments for the US market during the Summer. The vaccines will contain new H3N2 and influenza A & B components. The August 17 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) — United States, 2012–13 Influenza Season.


As a new school year begins—Is your child fully immunized? School age children, from preschoolers to college students, need immunizations. CDC has online resources and tools to help parents and doctors make sure all kids are up-to-date on recommended vaccines and protected from serious diseases.


Both the American Dental Association and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recently issued information on Dental Cone-beam Computed Tomography (CBCT).


The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a fact sheet entitled Oral Health in the US: Key Facts.


The August edition of ADA Professional Product Review focuses on amalgam separators. This was done in anticipation of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) release of a proposed rule on dental office mercury waste.


Be sure to bookmark www.HIVdent.orgThe Internet's HIV/AIDS Oral Healthcare Resource.

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
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OSAP Infection Control Checklist for Dental Programs Using Mobile Vans or Portable Dental Equipment


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.


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 






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