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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published infection control guidelines for dental healthcare settings in 2003. Although the 2003 recommendations are applicable to all settings in which dental treatment is provided, the recommendations focus mainly on dental settings that use traditional, fixed equipment (e.g., private practice dental settings). In contrast, a variety of non-traditional dental settings, such as school-based dental programs, use portable dental equipment. These programs often operate in challenging settings. For example, hallways, gymnasiums, or other high-traffic locations may be the only space available for dental screenings or treatment. Additional guidance may be useful in these unique situations, where space and resources needed to comply with recommended infection control practices may be limited (e.g., absence of sinks) or other challenges exist. To address these issues, stakeholders in academia and public health worked together to identify some of these challenges and to provide strategies and suggestions for implementing CDC recommendations. A national advisory group took the draft guidance and field-tested the format and content of a site assessment and checklist.


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If this is your first experience with offsite dental programs and/or if you are initiating a program in a new location, OSAP recom
mends that you perform a simple Site Analysis. This simple step can save you and your program time, trouble, money and can reduce your risk of safety errors.


OSAP Infection Control Checklist for Dental Programs Using Mobile Vans or Portable Dental Equipment


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Fact Sheet

References and Resources for OSAP Infection Control Checklist for Dental Programs Using Mobile Vans and Portable Dental Equipment

School-based Sealant Programs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mobile - Portable Dental Manual, an online manual to help clinicians learn more about establishing dental services using mobile or portable equipment from the American Society of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)

ASTDD - Resources on Mobile and Portable Dental Services in Preschool and School Settings


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First Do No Harm, Infection Control in Practice, Vol. 9, No. 5, Nov 2010.

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Advisory Committee


Beverly Isman RDH MPH ELS, Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors

Jennifer Cleveland DDS MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sue Dodd RDH, SBD Healthcare Consulting

Kathy Eklund RDH MHP, Research Subject Safety Advocate, The Forsyth Institute

Andrea Hight, Regional Manager/Community Health Liaison, Henry Schein

Larry Hill DDS MPH, Executive Director, CincySmiles Foundation, Cincinnati, OH

Theresa Mayfield DMD, Associate Professor, University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Mark Siegal DDS MPH, Chief, Bureau of Oral Health Services, Ohio Department of Health

Sheila Strock DMD MPH, Senior Manager of Interprofessional Relations, CAPIR, American Dental Association

Janet Yellowitz DMD MPH, Faculty, University of Maryland School of Dentistry


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