Put your right hand over your heart and declare your allegiance to safety. Your patients and staff will thank you.
The Safest Dental Visit Pledge:
· Complies with current CDC Guidelines
· Has an infection control coordinator
· Fosters a culture of infection prevention and safety
· Actively participates as an OSAP member
The pledge, an important element of the Safest Dental Visit campaign, outlines critical guidelines and practices to help ensure the safety of every patient. Learn more about how to protect patients and staff, and earn CE credits at the same time, with Dental Learning’s online course, “Pathways to Infection Prevention.”
You should also engage your patients in conversations about infection control, not just in September for National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, but on a regular basis. OSAP provides some infection control conversation starters, or “scripts”, questions (and answers) that your patients may ask you. Click here for the first script.
Q: How do I know that everything is done here (in the office) for infection control?
A: We have procedures in place and make sure to routinely follow the guidelines. It needs to be second nature and it’s really important. Everyone in our office is regularly trained on infection control. The plastic-type wrap you see over our equipment and chairs when you come in is an example of what we do—it protects you and is swapped out between patients. We’d also be happy to show you how our sterilization center works.
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