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New CDC Guidelines for Dental Offices During the Pandemic
Controlling & Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
As with many other businesses, dental practices have begun seeing patients again, many on a limited basis and based on the need of the patient. But just like restaurants who are being told to maintain social distancing and capacity levels, dental offices need to follow the guidelines of the CDC and local health officials upon reopening. Remaining compliant is the best way to ensure that you are protecting the health and safety of your staff and your patients as well as preventing the spread of the virus as best you can. The CDC has recently updated their guidelines for dental offices in the wake of the pandemic, take a look.
Cleansing & Sterilization Guidelines
As always, dental offices must continue to sterilize tools and disinfect surfaces before and after each patient is seen. In addition, each treatment and/or exam room must remain empty for 15 minutes after each patient to allow for any droplets to fall from the air. After the 15-minute idle period, the room must be sterilized according to CDC guidelines.
Use & Disposal of Staff PPE
Dental staff must continue to use PPE, including gowns, gloves, masks and eye protection as mandated by the CDC. In addition, disposable items must be discarded into appropriate waste bins to prevent contamination and reusable items must be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
Treating Covid-19 Positive Patients
When treating a patient who has tested positive for the coronavirus, it’s critical that you create a safe environment for your staff and any other patients. The CDC guidelines dictate that treatment/exam rooms must be kept closed during the patient’s visit, you should avoid
aerosol–generating procedures and ensure that there are no other patients scheduled during the same time period. An N95 respirator or filter face piece is also required.
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