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OSAP Commits to Support Dental Infection Control Awareness Month in September 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Laura Bretz
Marketing Director
(800) 298-6727
lbretz@osap.org
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OSAP Commits to Support Dental Infection Control Awareness Month in September 2019

ATLANTA (August 23, 2019) - The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is ramping up its efforts to support Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (DICAM) in September. DICAM is an annual observance of The Safest Dental Visit™ to help clinicians and infection control coordinators promote a safe and professional environment, encourage patient dialogue, attract new patients, and enhance the overall image of their practice.

“The goal of DICAM is to truly Take Safety Viral,” states Michelle Lee, CPC, Executive Director of OSAP. “During DICAM 2019, we are giving participants access to free resources, most of which are usually reserved as a member-only benefit. These resources range from checklists, frequently asked questions and answers, scripts, to whitepapers. While the materials are available throughout the month of September, the information OSAP is providing can be used year-round to ensure that every dental visit is a safe one.”

Support materials and resources for DICAM will be available on the OSAP website at OSAP.org/DICAM starting September 1 for members and nonmembers. Each week will have a different infection control focus:

• Week One: Hand Hygiene
• Week Two: Dental Unit Waterlines
• Week Three: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Week Four: Instrument Sterilization

“We are encouraging everyone in the dental industry to participate,” Lee continued. “Our hope is to see dental practices, educators, consultants, and those in the dental trade posting infection control best practices, success stories, or selfies on social media and joining the conversation using the hashtag #DICAM19. There are so many in the industry that are doing great things and keeping their patients safe. We want to hear about them all so we can come together, as a community, and continue to build up the importance of dental infection control.”

To encourage social media posts, OSAP will provide suggested messaging and images that can be used throughout the month.

Dental practitioners, including infection control coordinators, the dental trade, educators, consultants and other interested parties are encouraged to visit www.osap.org to join OSAP and to stay up-to-date on the latest resources and educational opportunities to help ensure The Safest Dental Visit™all year long.

About OSAP
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is a growing community of clinicians, educators, consultants, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists, and toolkits that help dental professionals deliver the Safest Dental Visit™ for their patients. Plus, online and live courses help advance the level of knowledge and skill for every member of the dental team. For additional information, visit osap.org.

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