Infection Control

Dental Board infection control requirements, Cal/OSHA bloodborne pathogens and aerosol transmissible diseases (ATD) regulations, and CDC guidelines.

New safety sharps product available to dentists
08/15/2019
A new safety sharps product, the Verena Solutions SimpleCAP, is available to dentists and can be purchased from most major suppliers. Dental practices are required by the Cal/OSHA bloodborne pathogens regulation to regularly evaluate the appropriateness of using safety sharps with the goal of reducing needlesticks and other “sharps” injuries that can cause exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
To treat or not to treat? Unvaccinated patients create ethical dilemmas
08/08/2019
Dentists have an ethical and legal obligation to do no harm and to protect the health of their patients. But what happens when their patients put others at risk? Such is the dilemma faced by some practice owners who have called The Dentists Insurance Company’s Risk Management Advice Line with questions regarding their obligation to treat unvaccinated patients. At the core of this dilemma is the return of a disease previously believed to have been eliminated: measles.
CDA clarifies oral irrigants that meet state law
06/25/2019
A new law to ensure proper irrigation and disinfection of exposed pulpal tissue went into effect Jan. 1 of this year. As explained in a December 2018 Update article, the law states that water and other methods used for irrigation when performing procedures on exposed dental pulp must be “sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties.”
'Failure to produce patient records' among most cited violations, says dental board
03/20/2019
Maintaining its focus on consumer safety, the Dental Board of California has issued an increasing number of citations in recent years. As noted in its 2018 Sunset Review Report to the California Legislature, citations increased by 36 percent in each of the previous four fiscal years. Two of the five most commonly cited violations according to the report are (1) Failure to produce patient records and (2) Failure to follow infection-control guidelines.
Clarification on new infection control requirement for dental pulp procedures
12/11/2018
Dentists have contacted CDA Practice Support with questions about the new infection-control requirement that all licensed dentists in California should be following as of Jan. 1, 2019. As explained in a December Update article and according to the new law, when performing procedures on exposed dental pulp, water or other methods used for irrigation must be “sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties.”
New infection control standard for procedures that expose dental pulp
11/28/2018
When performing procedures on exposed dental pulp, water or other methods used for irrigation must be “sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties,” according to a new requirement that all licensed dentists in California must follow beginning Jan. 1, 2019. CDA worked with the state Legislature to ensure the new requirement appropriately addressed the vulnerability that occurs during treatment of exposed dental pulp.
Therapy or comfort dogs may increase infection risk
11/27/2018
Hospital patients who spend more time with therapy or comfort dogs may be at increased risk of contracting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial infection that has become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections, according to an unpublished limited study.
Service animal, comfort animal or pet?
11/07/2018
When patients visit the dental practice of David Firestone, DDS, they are often put at ease by Rocky, a 6-year-old Maltipoo. As a regular in Dr. Firestone's practice, Rocky’s job is to greet patients and sometimes sit on welcoming laps during treatment. According to the ADA Center for Professional Success, having a companion animal correlates with improvements in a person's social, mental and physiologic status. But before dentists begin opening their doors to animals, they should keep a few things in mind.
New FDA webpage addresses infection control in dental unit waterlines
07/23/2018
A webpage published recently by the Food and Drug Administration provides guidance on infection control in dental unit waterlines. Although they typically cannot be sterilized, dental unit waterlines “should be routinely cleaned and disinfected” to prevent risk of infection to patients, “particularly during surgical procedures by direct exposure of waterborne pathogens.” The webpage provides more than a dozen “do’s and don’ts” for dental practitioners.
CDC addresses reprocessing of dental handpieces
06/26/2018
CDA Practice Support often receives calls from members who have questions about reprocessing dental handpieces, which as medical devices are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Recognizing the dental community’s need for clear and consistent guidance on this subject, the Centers for Disease Control recently issued a statement pointing to its current recommendations.
New infection control standard applies to treating exposed dental pulp
02/07/2018
An emergency regulation soon to be adopted by the Dental Board of California amends the minimum standards for infection control to require that water or other methods used for irrigation be sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties when treating exposed dental pulp. All individuals licensed to practice dentistry in California will be required to follow the new infection control standard.
CDC app helps dental teams monitor infection prevention efforts
01/25/2018
A free mobile app by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can assist dental facilities in monitoring their compliance with recommended infection control practices. The CDC DentalCheck app automates an infection prevention checklist and allows dental health care providers to “easily move throughout the practice as they evaluate their compliance with recommended infection prevention practices.”
Infection control standards updated in new law
10/18/2017
Assembly Bill 1277 sets a new standard for infection control that requires dentists to use sterile water or a disinfecting or antibacterial agent when irrigating exposed dental pulp and directs the Dental Board of California to codify these requirements in its infection control regulations. CDA supported the legislation.
Bill updates standards for infection control
05/02/2017
Making its way through the state Capitol is a key piece of legislation that, if passed, would improve infection control safety in dentistry. Assembly Bill 1277 calls for the Dental Board of California to amend the regulations on the minimum standards for infection control for certain dental procedures that expose the dental pulp and may create an opportunity for infection. CDA has taken a “support” position on the bill.
App helps dental teams monitor infection prevention efforts
02/09/2017
A new mobile app released in mid-January by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can assist dental facilities in monitoring their compliance with recommended infection control practices. The CDC DentalCheck app can be used to ensure adequate supplies and appropriate infection prevention policies are in place, such as proper training and education of staff.
Requirements for maintaining dental water lines
02/07/2017
The ordered closure in mid-December of a children’s dental clinic in Southern California reminds dental practices of the importance of cleaning and maintaining dental unit water lines for the safety of patients. CDA urges dentists to ensure they are following the Dental Board of California’s current requirements along with CDC recommendations.
Infection control reminders for dental offices
07/18/2016
There are a number of actions taken every day for every patient receiving care in a dental office. Below are reminders for four infection control procedures that are easily misunderstood, what can happen and how to prevent repeating mistakes.
CDC releases new infection control resource
04/13/2016
Minimizing exposures to infectious agents should be a primary objective in a dental office for the sake of the staff and patients. To help provide guidance on this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a resource to further prevent infections in dental practices.
Local hazardous waste programs available for dentists
10/01/2015
Dentists should be aware that many counties across the state allow small businesses to use their household hazardous waste collection programs. CDA recently updated its Household Hazardous Waste and Small Quantity Generator Programs resource that outlines the availability of local household hazardous waste programs for the disposal of hazardous waste. A household hazardous waste program is a good alternative to hazardous waste pickup, especially due to the fact that dental practices generate small quantities of the waste.
Dentists must comply with new medical waste law
06/01/2015
California’s Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) was amended earlier this year. As a result of this amendment, there are changes dental practices need to make. It has come to CDA’s attention that there has been some misinformation circulated which is causing confusion. Here are the facts of the MWMA changes that impact dental practices.
Precautionary measures in aftermath of measles scare
02/10/2015
As California grapples with a large measles outbreak, now numbering 107 cases as of Feb. 9, health officials highly recommend health care professionals and their staff get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) combination vaccination, if they have not already been immunized.
Dentists cited for not having Cal/OSHA required plans
02/09/2015
The failure to have written plans for exposure control (blood-borne pathogens), injury and illness prevention, and hazard communication continues to be a problem for California dentists. A CDA analysis of Cal/OSHA citations and penalties assessed for dental practices from October 2013 through September 2014 shows that these three topics are at the top of the list of most common inspections and citations.
Dental practices should be aware of measles outbreak
01/30/2015
As of Jan. 21, there were 59 cases of measles among California residents since the end of December 2014, according to the California Department of Public Health. Initial exposure in December at a southern California theme park occurred in 42 of those cases. A dental practice’s ATD screening procedure should include questions on patient’s potential exposure to measles.
New Ebola webinar, resources available
11/13/2014
CDA continues to keep members informed on the latest information available on the Ebola virus. Most recently, the American Dental Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, released a webinar titled "Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and Its Implications for the Oral Healthcare Community." The educational webinar, which consists of four chapters, is meant to ensure the dental community is informed on this emerging disease, and prepared to appropriately address it.
Ebola, infection control guidance
10/09/2014
The ADA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide resources, including an upcoming webinar, for dentists regarding infection control and the Ebola virus. The ADA, along with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), is developing a webinar focusing on infection control procedures in the dental office. The ADA and CDA will provide members with information on the webinar as soon as it is posted.
State releases new chart on dental medical waste disposal
08/21/2014
The subject of medical waste disposal has been one of the more frequent questions from members coming into CDA’s Practice Support lately. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has posted a new chart on dental medical waste disposal. While the law hasn't changed, the new chart can help dentists who are curious about the storage time for different types of medical waste.
New safety information on multiple-use dental dispensers released
08/01/2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released new safety information about multiple-use dental dispensers. The new information, released in July, includes a definition of multiple-use dental dispensers, information on the importance of infection control and a series of do’s and don’ts.
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