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New CDC Summary and Checklist

CDC Summary, Checklist and Mobile App


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings:  Basic Expectations for Safe Care and Companion Checklist 
is a March 2016 document that includes several new recommendations and provides an assessment checklist to evaluate staff compliance. Now Available in Spanish!

 What the Summary and Checklist Are:

What They Are Not:

Basic infection control expectations for providing safe dental care.

Based on the principles of Standard Precautions and CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings–2003

Companion to CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings–2003


Replacement for the current CDC Guidelines contained in Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings–2003

Summary of regulations.  CDC is not a regulatory agency and does not develop any rules or regulations. 

Comprehensive document that includes the background, scientific evidence, and rationale for each recommendation

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What You Will Get From the Summary and Checklist:                  

  • Six fundamental elements needed to prevent transmission of infectious agents
  • Key CDC recommendations
  • Current CDC recommendations from the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings–2003
  • Additional topics, recommendations and information published since 2003
  • Assessment checklists to evaluate prevention practices

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How You Can Use the Summary:                 

  • Introduce new dental health care personnel (DHCP) to basic information about infection control in dental health care settings
  • Strengthen your current knowledge of infection prevention

  • Review the elements of standard precautions as they pertain to dental care

  • Ensure your dental health care setting has appropriate infection prevention policies and practices in place, including appropriate training and education and adequate supplies

  • Assess compliance with the expected infection prevention practices and provide feedback to DHCP regarding performance 

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OSAP supports CDC’s efforts to guide the dental profession in providing the safest care possible.  Following are several tools and resources specifically designed to help you understand and comply with the CDC Guidelines:





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