This topic covers infection prevention and control practices related safety in the dental setting.
AAPD Policy on Infection Control
The AAPD Policy on Infection Control offers scientific support for infection control policies, procedures, and practices in pediatric dental settings.
Infection Prevention & Control in Dental Settings
Infection Prevention & Control in Dental Settings introduces page visitors to DentalCheck, a dentistry-specific infection control mobile app, two infection control training courses, selected references on infection control topics relevant to dentistry, as well as the Summary for Infection Prevention Practices, the published guidelines and recommendations for infection control in the dental setting.
Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic presents the guidance for infection control in health care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is considered to be a principle guide to infection prevention and control for dentistry while community-level SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs and information about COVID-19 continues to emerge. This page replaced Guidance for Dental Settings: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. It includes guidance on source control, quarantine for vaccinated and unvaccinated patients, testing, and a specialized section on dentistry.
HPTC Compliance Training Partners Infection Control Checklist
The HPTC Compliance Training Partners Infection Control Checklist is a guide to fundamental infection control measures for the practicing dentist. It features processes for instrument sterilization between patients, general instrument sterilization guidelines, clinical contact services, housekeeping services, hand hygiene, dental unit waterlines, and employee training.
Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Setting
Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings offers evidence-based infection prevention and control principles and recommendations for dental settings. It contains a checklist to assess infection prevention and control procedures and offers an aid for evaluating personnel compliance with infection control procedures. The checklist can be found in Appendix A on pages 18-35.
Oral Health Topics: Infection Control and Sterilization
Oral Health Topics: Infection Control and Sterilization from the American Dental Association (ADA) notes a few key infection control points for dentists to consider for practice safety.
Laser Dentistry in Daily Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Benefits, Risks, and Recommendations for Safe Treatment
This article presents the risks and benefits of the use of lasers of different wavelengths. It discusses how viral particles can disseminate with the use of some lasers and as a result expose the provider and staff to these particles including COVID-19. Learn safety recommendations on the use of lasers in the dental field during the COVID pandemic in Laser Dentistry in Daily Practice During the COVID-19 Pandmic.
Understanding the Role of Facility Design in the Acquisition and Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Understanding the Role of Facility Design in the Acquisition and Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections is a report commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to summarize how the physical environment relates to infection. It is a concise synopsis that offers a background on the topic and sheds light on opportunities to mitigate transmission of pathogens in healthcare facilities.
Foundations: Building the Safest Dental Visit Training Modules
These self-paced training modules are based on principles of infection prevention and control. The courses consist of interactive audio and video materials on foundations of prevention and infection control, patient and provider protection, and sterilization and disinfection processes.
Basic Expectations for Safe Care Training Modules
Basic Expectations for Safe Care is a training course created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that consists of 10 different modules on infection control. The topics include hand hygiene, PPE, sharps safety, sterilization and disinfection, and dental unit water quality.
OSAP Education and Training Website
This website by the Organization For Safety Asepsis And Prevention (OSAP) offers a range of trainings and CE courses for online self-study based on infection control guidance. Webinar and workbook formats are available.
Selected References for Infection Prevention and Control by Topic Area for Dental Settings
Selected References for Infection Prevention and Control by Topic Area for Dental Settings is a list of references for a deeper study on a range of infection control topics. Subjects include administrative measures, infection prevention education and training, dental health care personnel safety, resources for reprocessing errors, environmental infection control, dental unit water quality management and more.
UCONN School of Dental Medicine Infection Control Program Information and Policy Manual
The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine created this comprehensive policy manual of infection control processes for the dental office.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine: Harvard Dental Center Infection Control Manual
Harvard Dental Center Infection Control Manual is a reference for infection control procedures is fit with diagrams, photos and illustrations, making it especially helpful for staff trying to comply with infection control procedures.
Dalhousie University Infection Control Resources
Dalhousie University Infection Control Resources can be found among several other infection control resources on the Dalhousie University School of Dentistry infection control web page. The site presents policies and procedures ranging from bed bug protocols to management of patients with prosthesis to Ebola protocols and more. This guide contains a section on laser and surgical smoke safety found on pages 18-19 and 27-28.
New York University College of Dentistry Policy on Infection Control *
New York University College of Dentistry Policy on Infection Control is formatted like a checklist, making managing infection prevention and control tasks a little easier.
Yale University Infection Control Manual
Yale University Infection Control Manual is a detailed reference guide for infection control policies and procedures in the dental setting. It includes a detailed table of transmission-based precautions related to a range of pathogens, and includes a section for pregnant people on page 40 as well as a section on service animals on page 74.