Information on this chart is based on the CDC recommendations and Cal/OSHA requirements. The Cal/OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standard definition for face covering is “a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric."
** If consistent with office uniform policy, dental team members should change out of street clothes into clinical attire upon arrival to the office. Clinical attire is not considered PPE. PPE should be donned prior to seeing patients. Lab coats worn as the outermost garment that provide adequate protection for the employee may be considered PPE. A gown may be a more appropriate choice of protective attire for most dental procedures.
^ PPE in these scenarios should be changed between patients when visibly wet or soiled.
# PPE, including gowns, should be changed between patients.
+ For staff performing in-office laundering duties, it is recommended that a surgical mask, face shield or eye protection, gloves, clinical attire, and gown are worn. Follow established protocols for donning and doffing for cleaning patient care areas.
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Teresa Pichay, CHPC
Regulatory Compliance Analyst
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8 signed into law CDA-sponsored legislation that allows California-licensed dentists to apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office. The new law also gives dentists permanent authority to administer FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
The Department of Consumer Affairs issued a new waiver that gives all California-licensed dental professionals whose active licenses expire in October 2021 until March 28, 2022, to meet license renewal requirements.
A new CDA Practice Health Check can help dental practices prepare for the American Dental Association’s CDT code changes for 2022. The ADA updates CDT codes annually, and failure to review the changes could lead to unnecessary claim denials and delays.