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The DUWL Outbreak in Orange County

Back in 2016, more than 60 children were diagnosed with confirmed or probable mycobacterial infections in Anaheim, California, after becoming infected with serious oral cellulitis, following dental pulpotomies performed at the same dental clinic. The microorganism in question was Mycobacterium abscessus, which…

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Reminder: Cover or Disinfect all Clinical Contact Surfaces

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, and many state dental boards require, disposable impervious barriers, such as such as plastic wrap, foil, bags, or other moisture-impervious materials, to be used on clinical contact surfaces and equipment that may be…

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CDC Recommends Flu Shot for ALL Healthcare Professionals

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all healthcare professionals (HCP) get vaccinated annually against influenza (flu). Each year in the US, on average, 36,000 people die and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from flu-related complications. Anyone can get…

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Required BMP for Dental Vacuum Lines

In July 2017, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) new ruletook effect which requires dental offices to reduce the discharge of mercury and other metals from dental offices down the sewer drain to publically owned treatment works (POTWs). One of the…

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Is Your CE Provider Approved to Give Mandatory Courses? – Dental Board of California

According to the Dental Board of California (DBC) and the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC), within the last couple of years, some of the continuing education (CE) providers offering the mandatory courses in Infection Control (IC) and the Dental…

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CDC’s Recommends Safe Parenteral Injection Practices in Dentistry

Safe parenteral injection practices are intended to prevent transmission of infectious diseases between one patient and another, or between a patient and dental personnel during preparation and injection of medications. Dental personnel most frequently perform parenteral injections when administering local…

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Handling Contaminated Laundry in a California Dental Office -CA Dental Regulations

Reusable contaminated protective attire must be laundered in accordance with Cal/OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Cal/OSHA defines “contaminated laundry” to be “laundry which has been soiled with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) or may contain sharps”. Employees may NOT…

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