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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.

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In The News - Summer 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a report that urges travelers to get the MMR vaccine in the wake of a record-breaking European measles outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new FAQ pertaining to measles information for dental settings.

The U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a webpage on measles prevention.

 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued updated recommendations on HIV screening and prevention.

West Virginia University School of Dentistry is collaborating with a team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to study how microscopic, airborne particulates and gases might be generated during dental procedures.

OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week is to take place August 12-18, 2019. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event to celebrate the successes of businesses that have implemented safety and health programs in the workplace. Throughout the year, businesses show their commitment to safety by focusing on management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

The Stop Sticks campaign was originally created by NIOSH, but is now updated and maintained by the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector Council. The Stop Sticks campaign is a communication intervention aimed at raising awareness among health care workers about their risk of workplace exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps related injuries. This campaign has demonstrated positive impact on the knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes of health care workers.
 
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

 

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 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.

ADA resources on infection control

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 healthcare worker health and safety webpage
Numerous resources and a searchable database
 
A collection of emergency preparedness resources and information 
 
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
 
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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