Pandemic Recovery Guide

Infection Control

How do I keep my team, my patients, and myself safe? This is the topic foremost on everyone’s mind and one we’re researching every day. We’re constantly evolving and building on these areas as interim guidelines are being released and updated, and new ideas or new clarifications are being brought to the table. To the right, you’ll find a variety of additional pages dedicated to helping you navigate the changes to infection control.

CDC and ADA recommendations are now more closely aligned. Individual state dental boards and health departments should be consulted for enforceable regulations, which may be more prescriptive than the CDC and ADA recommendations.

CDC Interim Infection Control Guidelines

The CDC has addressed key concepts around dental settings Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response.

Additional CDC Resources

Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment

Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination

Last Updated 4/27/21

 

OSHA Guidance on Protecting Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance on “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.”

 

List N – EPA's List of SARS-CoV-2 Disinfectants for Surfaces

During a time when resources are scarce, the EPA has put together a list of products meeting their criteria for use against the virus causing COVID-19.

*Please note, all products referenced are for use on surfaces, not people. 

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is a critical step in slowing the spread of COVID-19. As communities begin to reopen and social contact increases, so will the opportunities to transmit infection. Contact tracing is also a key requirement in many states, in order for them to reopen.

The CDC has developed several principles involved in contact tracing. These include:

  • Notifying contacts as soon as possible of the possible exposure
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality by only informing the contact that he or she may have been exposed – never identifying the source patient
  • Encouraging contacts to stay home and maintaining social distance (at least 6 feet) from others for at least 14 days from the last exposure incident
  • Informing contacts they could spread the virus, even if they are not ill

The California Dental Association has compiled an easy-to-follow flow chart should you need to report COVID-19 symptoms or positive tests for your employees or patients.

Last Updated 2/25/21

 

Public Health authorities are asking dentists to assist in contact tracing. What can practices share and still comply with HIPAA regulations? In this PDF, the ADA addresses exactly that – Contract Tracing by Public Health Agencies and HIPPA Disclosures.
Last Updated 9/23/20

 

PPE

The safety of your team, patients, and yourself is at the forefront right now. Gowns, gloves, masks, and respirators – all the PPE items you need to convey the safety of your practice. With that concern comes the added costs of those now necessary PPE safety measures. Read more…

 

Infection Control Through the Eyes of Your Patient

While designed to keep patients safe, do your new protocols change the patient’s perception of safety? In addition to implementing your new safety standards and infection control protocols, implement communication strategies to relieve anxiety and foster trust to deepen the patient-provider relationship. Read more…

 

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