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2017 OSAP Annual Conference

Public Health Dentistry End 5-21-2013



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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CDC Grant Funding Profiles Tool - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Fiscal Year 2012 Grant Funding Profiles Tool is now posted. The very helpful searchable tool provides detailed access to CDC grants by state, territory, and Congressional district. It includes many data fields, including one for the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Fund) which allows you to see a snapshot of Fund uses in a particular state.


Trust for America's Health released its annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded report today, Investing in America's Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts. Data is now available from 2009-2013. For a copy of the report and state-specific searchable map.

In a study recently published online in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, patients with flu in hospital settings were found to be capable of producing small virus-containing particles during routine care that may travel up to 6 feet. Click here for further information.
New HIPAA rules were issued on January 17, 2013 by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
An international mercury treaty approved in Geneva on January 19, 2013 imposes no curbs on amalgam use. Click here for further information.
Researchers have discovered the first US cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be resistant to the vaccine. Click here to learn more.
With funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Foundation (PHF) is leading an effort to develop and pilot a change package to enable public health organizations to help reduce antibiotic resistance. Click here to learn more.
The CDC has noted that smoking still takes a heavy toll in the US, and that varying state policies expose many Americans to secondhand smoke
In the first study to systematically compare death rates and health measures for people of all ages, including American youths, an expert panel has concluded that younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries. Click here for further information.
An online tool is available to help parents find alternatives to sugar-heavy soft drinks.
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
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 
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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