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CDC Publishes New Infection Prevention Summary for Dental Settings

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new resources for infection prevention and control in dental settings. Entitled Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care, with a March 2016 publication date, the document summarizes current infection control recommendations from 2003, and includes a comprehensive checklist that can be used to evaluate compliance.

The Summary reviews the fundamental elements from the 2003 CDC recommendations, and provides additional information and topics relevant to dental infection and control since 2003 including:

  • Infection prevention program administrative controls,
  • Infection prevention education and training,
  • Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette,
  • Updated safe injection practices, and
  • Work practice controls for instrument processing.

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