American Dental Association Issues Statement on Infection Control

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The American Dental Association (ADA) has issued a statement concerning infection control in dental settings.

Topics highlighted in the statement include the following:
  • Requirements for practicing dentists, dental team members and dental laboratories, including using standard precautions described in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care-Settings and following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) procedures.
  • Example of dental infection control practices, including use of personal protective equipment, disinfectants, sterilizing reusable dental devices and hand hygiene.
  • Proper room cleaning and decontamination practices between patients.
  • Rules concerning re-use of non-disposable and disposable items.
Dental infection prevention and control are under close scrutiny, as was discussed in a Special Report from Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) on dental infection outbreaks.

Earlier in the year, CDC's Division of Oral Health contributed an article to Medscape discussing the prevention of disease transmission in dental settings. The column offered dental disease transmission prevention on topics that include administering of local anesthesia, use of multi-dose vials, cleaning and heat-sterilizing of handpieces, sterilizer monitoring and water standards.

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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.