The American Dental Association is committed to helping the dental community navigate the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19. Their most up-to-date information regarding can be found at ADA.org/virus.
On March 20, 2020, the ADA teamed with leading infection control experts from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education.
The first step: providing extensive resources and webinars. View an entire page of their recorded webinars here.
An example of one of the videos:
Dental professionals are invited to frequently check this page for additional webinars.
On which other topics does the ADA share COVID-19 updates, webinars?
Current Infection Control Protocols and Procedures
Personal Protective Equipment
Sanitizing Operatory Rooms and Equipment
Pre-Treatment Mouth Rinses and Daily Hygiene
Protecting Patients and Dental Staff
And the presenters are…
Eve Cuny, MS, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate Professor at University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California where she is also Assistant Dean for Global Relations.
Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, the Director of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Forsyth Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate at The Forsyth Institute.
Dental Infection Control Awareness Month #DICAM19 is an annual, month-long campaign in September that shares the latest Center for Disease Control CDC information. Its aim: to build patient trust by sharing the stories of how dental teams practice patient safety.
The dental profession is taking impressive measure to keep patients safe. Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention has created a toolkit at OSAP.com to encourage dental practices to “Take Safety Viral!” and help promote patient safety and awareness
“Each week, we will be showcasing one specific element of dental infection control. We encourage you to participate, even if your focus is on a different aspect of dental infection control than what our weekly theme is.”
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
Their suggested schedule for the month of September is as follows:
Week one (09/01 – 09/07): Hand Hygiene
Week two (09/08 – 09/14): Dental Unit Waterlines
Week three (09/15 – 09/21): Personal Protective Equipment
Week four (09/22 – 09/30): Instrument Sterilization
As of October 17, 2014, dental professionals are advised of the following, according to an ADA report: A person infected with Ebola is not considered contagious until symptoms appear. Due to the virulent nature of the disease, it is highly unlikely that someone with Ebola symptoms will seek dental care when they are severely ill. […]
Caption: A tour highlight at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum: trying on biohazard suits like those researchers wear when working with highly infectious agents. (Photo courtesy cdc.gov) OSAP. CDC. Two acronyms that oral healthcare providers recognize as advocates for safety. Early next year in Atlanta, Georgia, OSAP, or the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, […]