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Consortium publishes infection control tactics

November 05, 2018

By David Burger

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Dr. Ratner
All dental personnel should obtain education in infection prevention and control based on federal standards, according to the ADA and a consortium of organizations dedicated to the cause.

The Infection Control Consortium announced Sept. 28 the release of infection control strategies, in honor of Dental Infection Control Awareness Month in September. The effort was the result of a multi-year collaboration between the coalition of eight organizations, including the ADA.

"This effort underscores the ADA's commitment to ensuring the safety of both patients and dental health care workers," said Dr. Craig Ratner, immediate past chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. "The ADA, through its Council on Dental Practice and Council on Dental Education and Licensure, supported this proactive and collaborative effort to ensure widespread and easy access to accurate and reliable infection control resources.

"The Consortium's work product is intended to supplement Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings — 2003," said Dr. Ratner. "That type of training is included in the curriculum of dental education programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and by courses approved through the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program. Additional training is available through other credible continuing education programs."

The consortium outlined strategies to define educational components related to infection control in oral health care settings, including overarching core competencies, broad learning objectives and a suggested list of essential elements for an infection control curriculum.

Visit the CDC's website at cdc.gov/oralhealth for a number of documents in the area of dental infection prevention and control.

Several consortium participants provide helpful infection control resources online. Some of those are available at ADA.org, osap.org, danb.org, adea.org and adaausa.org. Additional resources can be obtained by contacting the participating organizations or visiting the websites of participating organizations, which in addition to the ADA and the CDC, included these six national dental organizations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry.
  • American Association of Dental Boards.
  • American Dental Assistants Association.
  • American Dental Education Association.
  • Dental Assisting National Board.
  • Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.