Understanding CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings
Implementing infection prevention practices is paramount in dentistry. Expand your knowledge and confirm your understanding of dental infection control guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Implementing infection-prevention practices is paramount for both your safety, and for the safety of your colleagues and patients. This online article addresses the Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care introduced in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was developed in collaboration with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).
This summary guide reviews basic infection-prevention principles and recommendations for dental healthcare settings and reaffirms standard precautions as the foundation for preventing transmission of infectious agents during patient care in all dental healthcare settings. Also included are links to the complete guidelines and source documents for further reading. Use this module as a standalone reference or as part of the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program.
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By highlighting existing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, this summary guide:
- Provides basic infection-prevention principles and recommendations for dental healthcare settings.
- Reaffirms standard precautions as the foundation for preventing transmission of infectious agents during patient care in all dental healthcare settings
- Provides links to full guidelines and source documents that readers can reference for more detailed background and recommendations
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