01/25/2018

CDC app helps dental teams monitor infection prevention efforts


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

Developed directly 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.

The CDC lists the following as the app’s key features:

  • Yes-no checkbox to acknowledge compliance with a list of administrative policies or observed practices
  • Summary of basic infection prevention principles and recommendations for dental health care settings
  • Ability to export results for records management
  • Links to full guidelines and source documents that users can reference for more detailed background and recommendations

The app also provides resources on sterilization, safe injection practices and hand hygiene.

Initially designed and released only for IOS devices in January 2017, the app is also now available for Android devices. Download CDC DentalCheck from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Learn more about the app’s features on the CDC website.



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