CDC Launches App for Dental Infection Prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a mobile application designed to assist facilities with monitoring their ongoing compliance with recommended dental infection prevention practices.

The CDC DentalCheck app is a tool dental practices can use to help evaluate dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) compliance with administrative policies and clinical practice infection prevention and control recommendations.

Note: While the app is a good resource, it is important that dental practices and oral surgery centers do not consider it as a replacement for a robust infection prevention and control program overseen by a trained infection preventionist.

The app is based on recommendations contained in CDC's "Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings – 2003" as well as other recommendations relevant to dentistry published by CDC since 2003.

It can be used to help ensure appropriate infection prevention policies and practices are in place, including appropriate training and education of DHCP, and assessment of compliance of personnel with infection prevention practices.

Within the app, users can navigate to references and resources for areas of focus including sterilization, safe injection practices and hand hygiene. They can also access a summary of basic infection prevention principles and recommendations for dental settings.

CDC DentalCheck can be downloaded through the iTunes App Store. It can be displayed on any iOS-enabled mobile device.

Dental practices and oral surgery centers are under increased infection prevention and control scrutiny following a number of high-profile infection outbreaks over the past few years, including a odontogenic infection outbreak related to pediatric patients undergoing a pulpotomy, or "child root canal." Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) works with dental practices and oral surgery centers to develop a comprehensive infection prevention plan and provides other services designed to help organizations maintain compliance and keep patients safe. Contact ICCS today to learn more.

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.