CDC Publishes Guide on Dental Infection Prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new, free resource intended to help dental healthcare personnel prevent causing and spreading infections.

The comprehensive summary guide is titled "Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care." It features several new tools that should help personnel understand and follow infection prevention guidelines.

The objectives of the guide are described as the following:
  1. Provides basic infection prevention principles and recommendations for dental healthcare settings.
  2. Reaffirms Standard Precautions as the foundation for preventing transmission of infectious agents during patient care in all dental healthcare settings.
  3. Provides links to full guidelines and source documents that readers can reference for more detailed background and recommendations.
Key recommendations are provided for the following:
  • Administrative measures
  • Infection prevention education and training
  • Dental healthcare personnel safety
  • Program evaluation
  • Hand hygiene
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette
  • Sharps safety
  • Safe injection practices
  • Sterilization and disinfection of patient-care items and devices
  • Environmental infection prevention and control
  • Dental unit water quality
To download the guide, click here.

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Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.