Are you wondering whether your dental practice’s sanitary methods are up-to-par with the CDC’s suggestions and what you could do to make sure the facilities you work in stay clean? Dental practices are one of the cleanest places you could be, and during the COVID-19 crisis, they’re starting to step up their game even more. Read on to learn how your dental practice is keeping their staff safe and what the CDC suggests to reduce patients’ risks of illness.
Screening Patients Before They Come in
During the COVID-19 crisis, dentists will begin screening patients over the phone before they come in to assess whether they could possibly test positive for the virus based on common symptoms. This will allow them to determine which facilities they would be safest receiving care from. This also helps their staff to have time to prepare treatment rooms and the proper safety equipment before they come in for their appointment.
Frequent & Regular Hand Hygiene
While frequent and regular hand hygiene has always been a safety precaution that dentists and staff have practiced, during the COVID-19 crisis, the CDC has highlighted this measure as an essential part in reducing the risk of spreading the virus. That’s why they’re washing their hands before and after each patients’ treatment following the removal of gloves as well as after touching any objects in the treatment room.
Reducing Patient Traffic
In an effort to keep dental practices sterile and to provide relief to already overwhelmed emergency rooms, dentists are focusing on solely providing emergency care. This allows staff to easily monitor people coming in and out of the waiting room and office and sterilize the area before and after each appointment.
Regular Disinfection and Sterilization
Just like in any home, disinfecting and sterilizing surfaces and tools are an incredibly important part in preventing the spread of any illnesses. All dental tools will be sterilized after each time they’re used and all countertops, work supplies, and instruments used by staff will be wiped down and then disinfected with a suitable germicide, like household bleach.
Wearing Personal Protective Equipment
For protection of both patients and staff, equipment such as masks, gloves, and safety goggles will be administered to prevent the spread of any droplets. The CDC recommends that a single pair of gloves doesn’t get repeatedly reused since they can become easily defective. Surgical masks, protective eyewear, and plastic face shields should also be available at all times, in addition to reusable gowns and plastic wrap to cover surfaces that are difficult to disinfect. After they’re used though, the plastic wrap should be replaced.
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, care providers such as dentists abided by strict sanitary and safety precautions that made their facilities some of the cleanest. This statement still stands during the pandemic as well, especially with the additional preventive measures in place.
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