Many dental professionals and other oral healthcare providers are asking for guidance on infection control protocols in light of the most recent coronavirus outbreak, specifically COVID-19.
The OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program is focused on the application of Standard Precautions, as addressed in guidance documents for dental providers published by CDC in 2003 and 2016 and in the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
Several organizations have published interim guidelines and recommendations to address coronavirus in dental settings. Below are a few links to some key resources from CDC, OSAP and the ADA.
American Dental Association (ADA) Coronavirus Resources
The ADA has numerous coronavirus guidelines and resources for dental professionals. Visit the link below for details.
ADA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Resources
CDC has developed interim infection prevention and control guidance for healthcare professionals, including specific recommendations for dental settings. Visit the links below for details.
CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response
CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings
CDC’s Guide to Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Coronavirus Resources
OSAP has a comprehensive coronavirus webpage resource that provides a list of information and links from leading health and dental organizations that you can use as a trusted source regarding COVID-19.
OSAP’s Coronavirus Resource Webpage
OSAP-DALE Foundation Resources
OSAP and the DALE Foundation have developed an interactive Continuing Dental Education Article (CDEA) online module that presents a real-world scenario that provides context for respiratory droplet and aerosol protection during the COVID-19.
COVID-19 Respiratory Droplet and Aerosol Protection