American Dental Association on Coronavirus
Fellow dentists and medical professionals, the American Dental Association has published a new FAQ webpage for the coronavirus. On their new page, they have outlined some additional steps dentists can take to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
If you take nothing else from this, please just remember that handpieces easily create aerosol and take it from there. If you must do treatment, gear up and use an isolated room with good airflow. Schedule that patient at the end of the day to protect others. If you happen to have a Isolite/Isovac system, order more mouthpieces and crank it up. Get a touch-free temperature reader and check every patient. Here is a quick list from the American Dental Association on coronavirus prevention:
• Screening patients for travel and signs and symptoms of infection when they update their medical histories.
• Taking temperature readings as part of their routine assessment of patients before performing dental procedures.
• Making sure the personal protective equipment they use is appropriate for the procedures being performed.
• Using a rubber dam when appropriate to decrease possible exposure to infectious agents.
• Using high-speed evacuation for dental procedures producing an aerosol.
• Autoclaving handpieces after each patient.
• Having patients rinse with a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution before each appointment.
• Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs and bathrooms.