COVID-19 Respiratory Droplet and Aerosol Protection
Safety for patients and staff is always a top priority in dentistry. This interactive article presents a real-world scenario that provides context for respiratory droplet and aerosol protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to establish and maintain a safe work environment and limit the spread of contamination based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for respiratory protection.
By completing this article, you’ll learn about source control and how it is achieved in dentistry, as well as respiratory protection, the levels of surgical facemasks, and the types of filtering facepiece respirators.
This module is a part of a collaboration between the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and the DALE Foundation. For the latest COVID-19 guidance for dental settings, visit the CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.
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After completing this article, you’ll be able to:
- Describe source control and how it is achieved in dentistry
- Describe respiratory protection and how it is achieved in dentistry
- Describe the different levels of surgical facemasks
- Describe the different types of filtering facepiece respirators
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