| FAQ - Practice Safety/Patient Safety - Archived Through 2012
What specific infection control recommendations apply to oral surgery procedures?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addressed this issue in Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003.(1) They state the following:
"Perform surgical hand antisepsis by using an antimicrobial product (e.g., antimicrobial soap and water, or soap and water followed by alcohol-based hand scrub with persistent activity) before donning sterile surgeon's gloves (IB). b. Use sterile surgeon's gloves (IB).c. Use sterile saline or sterile water as a coolant/irrigant (sic) when performing oral surgical procedures. Use devices specifically designed for delivering sterile irrigating fluids (e.g., bulb syringe, single-use disposable products, and sterilizable tubing) (IB)."
1) CDC. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings --- 2003. December 19, 2003 MMWR 52(RR17);1-61