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.
The ADA has numerous coronavirus guidelines and resources for dental professionals. Visit the link below for details.
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 Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
- Setting-Specific Considerations: Dental Facilities
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-DALE Foundation Resources
OSAP and the DALE Foundation have developed an online module that presents a real-world scenario that provides context for respiratory droplet and aerosol protection during the COVID-19.