App helps dental teams monitor infection prevention efforts

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 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,” CDC Dental Officer Michele Junger said in a statement.

Developed from recommendations found in the CDC’s “Infection Prevention Checklist for Dental Settings,” the app can be used to ensure adequate supplies and appropriate infection prevention policies are in place, such as proper training and education of staff. The app also systematically assesses compliance with infection practices and offers feedback on performance.

Users will find within the app resources on sterilization, safe injection practices and hand hygiene.

Download CDC DentalCheck through the iTunes App Store or view it on any IOS-enabled mobile device. Learn more about the app’s features on the CDC website.

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