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What are the guidelines concerning patient protective eyewear?
Dental infection control experts recommend patient protective eyewear during dental treatment for safety reasons.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Infection Control Guidelines for Dental Healthcare Settings state the following:
Reusable PPE (e.g., clinician or patient protective eyewear and face shields) should be cleaned with soap and water, and when visibly soiled, disinfected between patients, according to the manufacturer's directions. (1)
A surgical mask that covers both the nose and mouth and protective eyewear with solid side shields or a face shield should be worn by DHCP during procedures and patient-care activities likely to generate splashes or sprays of blood or body fluids. Protective eyewear for patients shields their eyes from spatter or debris generated during dental procedures. (1)
1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Infection Control Guidelines for Dental Healthcare Settings: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5217a1.htm