September not solely marks the start of cooler climate and fall trend but additionally Dental Infection Control Awareness Month.
Annually the Group for Security, Asepsis and Prevention dedicates this month to offering the dental group with info and supplies to remain present with the most recent dental an infection management pointers and to make sure each dental go to is secure. This yr OSAP is focusing readily available hygiene, dental unit waterlines, PPE and instrument reprocessing.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted what can occur when underestimating the facility of microorganisms or protein entities to facilitate the unfold of a virus or illness. Sufferers and the dental group ought to each really feel protected against dangers of illness transmission. This comes from enough information about present an infection management and security practices.
There are completely different entities and companies organized to keep up order and hold infections beneath management similar to OSHA, the CDC and others. Producers and manufacturing industries additionally develop merchandise and new applied sciences to manage the illnesses or dangers to which we’re uncovered as suppliers of medical companies. Scientific analysis, vaccine growth and the observe of aseptic strategies are all essential to know how rising or re-emerging infections develop, unfold and might be managed.
Group training is significant to forestall the unfold of pathogens and obtain correct administration of compounds that may irritate our well being. This training can come from well being clinics, vaccinations, academic talks, counseling, provides or social media promotions. OSAP’s annual marketing campaign gives useful and interesting training supplies.
Dentists are members of the indispensable group that promotes the well-being of all. By means of constant prevention measures and the implementation of protocols, we will higher obtain an infection management and keep away from placing our well being and high quality of life in danger. As Benjamin Franklin mentioned, “An oz. of prevention equals a pound of remedy”.
~ Kiara Fernandez, Puerto Rico ’25