Watch On Demand: CDC Guidance for Dental Settings
On May 19, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings. Watch as experts from the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) discuss patient and personnel screening for COVID-19, respiratory protection measures for dental personnel and dental facility and equipment considerations in a webinar recorded May 28.
Reference these resources cited in the webinar.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance
Read the CDC’s “Guidance for Providing Dental Care During COVID-19.”
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Providing Non-COVID-19 Care
Apply the guidance found in the "Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic" on how and when to resume non-emergency care.
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Health Department Directories
Stay informed and regularly consult with the state or local health department for region-specific information and recommendations.
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COVID Cases in the U.S.
Use this resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor trends in local case counts and deaths, especially for populations at higher risk for severe illness.
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Interim Infection Control Recommendations
Read the CDC's "Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings."
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Airborne Contaminant Removal
Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's resource (CDC) for air changes/hour (ACH) and time required for airborne-contaminant removal by efficiency.
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OSHA Fit-Testing Guidance
Read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “Temporary Enforcement Guidance - Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak"
Donning and Doffing Instructions
Review the CDC’s sequence for putting on and removing personal protective equipment (PPE).
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Optimizing PPE Supply
Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strategies to optimize the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
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FDA List of Authorized Respirators
Get information on manufacturer, models and country of manufacture in this list from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit
Though designed for hospitals, the information in this resource from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may be useful for your practice.
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NIOSH Respirator Resource
Get an overview of recommendations for respirator use from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
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AAOHN Respiratory Protection Program
Access free training modules developed for healthcare workers by the America Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
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Eve Cuny, MS
Eve Cuny is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate Professor at University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Professor Cuny is a member of the National Occupational Research Agenda Council. She has lectured and published extensively on the subject of infection control and patient safety, and has worked globally with government agencies, universities and nonprofit organizations to develop best practices in infection control. Professor Cuny is a member of the board of directors of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP).
Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP
Kathy Eklund, RDH MHP, is the Director of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Forsyth Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate at The Forsyth Institute. She is adjunct faculty at Regis College, Dental Hygiene Program where she teaches a senior level course , Evidence-Based Decision Making. Ms. Eklund serves as faculty for the New England AIDS Education and Training Center and HIVdent.org, is a Consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice and was the 2017-2019 Chair of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) Board of Directors.
Pamela Porembski, DDS
Dr. Pamela Porembski, D.D.S., is the director of the ADA's Center for Dental Practice in the Practice Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and practiced general dentistry in private practice in Chicago, taught in a dental hygiene program, and was a consultant with a dental benefits company before joining the staff of the American Dental Association.
The ADA is committed to helping the dental community navigate this unprecedented crisis. Please visit ADA.org/virus for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 from the ADA.