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2019 OSAP Annual Conference

Infection Control in the News


Infection Control in the News


Patient Resources  | Dental Team Resources 



Ensuring patient safety is central to OSAP’s vision of "Safe oral healthcare for people everywhere.” It is important for dental patients and the field of dentistry to further support that vision by increasing the awareness of safety and infection control. The following resources for patients and our professional community are intended to inform an on-going dialogue around the importance of patient safety within dentistry. 


Patient Resources

Questions for your Dentist
5 questions patients should ask their dentist about infection control
Travel Resources
A traveler’s guide to safe dentistry
Overview of Dental Office Infection Control Practices

Infection control resources for patients provided by American Dental Association

5 things to do at the dentist's office
CNN patient safety article

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Dental Team Resources

OSAP Toolkit for Hepatitis C
The toolkit pulls together the relevant regulations and guidelines, best practices, instructional resources and patient resources.  There are videos in English and Spanish, fact sheets, online training and many other resources.
CDC Patient Notification Toolkit
This guide released on June 6, 2013 is designed to assist health departments and healthcare facilities, including dental settings, with conducting a patient notification following identification of an infection control lapse or disease transmission.
OSAP Infection Control Workbook From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Guide to the Guidelines. This 170-page workbook contains practical information to help healthcare professionals put the new recommendations into practice.
OSAP Infection Control Interactive Guide to the CDC Guidelines

Free interactive training program available 24-7 in English and Spanish. Organized around the principles of infection control the course addresses (1) the importance of infection control, (2) taking action to stay healthy, (3) avoiding contact with blood and other body fluids, (4) making objects safe for use, (5) limiting contamination, (6) program considerations and (7) program evaluation.  Great for new employee orientation. Requires Internet Explorer.

OSAP Checklist for Incorporating CDC Guidelines
OSAP converted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings - 2003 into a handy checklist for dental practice settings
CDC Guidelines and Recommendations
Oral Health resources including information on safe injection practices from the nation's leading public health agency.
CDC Recommended Infection Control Practices for Dentistry
Infection Control Resources including Fact Sheets, FAQ’s, Glossary, a Slide Presentation (great for training) and Publications.
ADA Statement on Infection Control in Dentistry
American Dental Association Statement on Infection Control
ADA Policy Statement
American Dental Association policy statement on Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Control and The Practice Of Dentistry
How to Reassure Patients

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