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Infection Control & PPE

Understand guidance on practice disinfection and types of personal protection equipment.

Dentistry During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way dental practices operate and interact with patients. CDA’s COVID-19 Clinical Care Workgroup has developed tools and resources to support your team in following PPE protocols, infection control measures and keeping patients and employees safe during this unprecedented time.

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Declination of Employer Recommended or Required Influenza (flu) Vaccination

Employers may choose to recommend or require employees obtain the flu vaccine based on policy or mandate. An employer may need to grant an employee a reasonable accommodation and permit an employee to be exempt from a mandatory (Influenza) flu vaccination. This form may be customized according to your practice need and used to document accommodations provided for employees who decline to be vaccinated. 

Ventilation

Source: CDC

Effective workplace ventilation can limit exposures to SARS-CoV-2 by reducing concentrations of the virus. Review this list of recommended interventions.

PPE Recommendations for Dental Practice

Quick reference chart to understand PPE recommendations

Cal/OSHA: Use of Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care Settings

Source: Cal/OSHA

Recorded webinar on the use of this type of respirator in healthcare. 

Personal Protective Equipment: Questions and Answers

Source: CDC

This document is intended to address frequently asked questions about personal protective equipment (PPE).

Mask and Respirator Types

A visual resource that provides information on various masks and respirators, including agency approval, size and fit, testing requirements and decontamination guidance.

Operatory Disinfection

Bundled resources to guide operatory disinfection in the dental practice.

CDC removes 15-minute wait recommendation for cleaning, disinfecting dental operatories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends that dental care personnel “wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces.”

Elastomeric respirators: an alternative to N95 respirators

Information and tips for using elastomeric respirators