Update on Infection Control Compliance Issues for Dental Practitioners
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Purpose of Review
This article outlines major findings and resources from the past three years that relate to dental patient safety, infection control noncompliance factors and antibiotic resistance, and it discusses options available to help improve dental practitioner infection control compliance.
Recent findings have identified the need for further research in the field of patient safety in dentistry; dental infection control noncompliance factors illustrate a need to strategize for improved infection control compliance, best practices for antibiotic prescribing in dentistry have been issued; and updated dental infection control resources are available.
Through social media and mainstream news accounts, the public is increasingly aware of, and concerned about, dental-related infection control breaches. By understanding the compliance issues that lead to infection control breaches, practitioners can better maintain public trust and meet their patients’ expectation for safe oral healthcare. This article outlines major findings and resources from the past 3 years that relate to dental patient safety, infection control compliance factors, and antibiotic resistance, and includes an overview of updated dental infection control resources available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), and American Dental Association (ADA).
KeywordsDentistry Patient safety Infection control Antibiotic resistance Compliance
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of Interest
Patricia Podolak DDS MPH, declares that she has no conflict of interest.
Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent
This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance
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