Drew Dental is a Dental Health Care Office
and operates with Universal “Standard” Precautions.
We take infection control, our patients, our teams and our own health very seriously.
We invite, annually, an OHSA consultant to our office. This year our OHSA visit with Tom Terry, OHSA Consultant, was timely!
Here are tips from his website:
Basic safeguards against the Coronavirus
Coronavirus is a concern with everyone, especially the healthcare profession. It’s a good idea to review the basics.
Wash hands with soap and water frequently, more than you usually do. When water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based healthcare grade sanitizer. Avoid making contact with your face (nose, mouth, and eyes)before you wash your hands.
Keep treatment room counters free of excess items, have only the essential out. Take the necessary time to disinfect surfaces properly.
Personal Protective Equipment
PPE is not an option. Know what you need, how to use it, and it’s limitations. The first person PPE protects is YOU.
FYI, an N95 mask offers better protection against the Coronavirus than a standard general-purpose or surgical mask. Ask your dental supply representative for N95 mask selection and options.
Do not store, prepare, or consume food items (includes drinks) in areas that are contaminated or harmful chemicals are present.
Do not store or apply cosmetic items in areas that are contaminated or harmful chemicals are present.
A cell phone is an excellent platform for disease and promotes cross-contamination. Cell phones should not be allowed in the treatment room, sterilization, labs, supply storage, restrooms, office area, and eating areas like the staff lounge.
Conduct a Staff Safety Meeting
Review the office policies and procedures regarding the use of personal protective equipment.
Continue here: https://tomterry.com/coronavirus-safeguards/