Guidance for dental settings : interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 response
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Guidance for dental settings : interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 response

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      This guidance was updated on May 19, 2020

      In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, in March, 2020, CDC recommended that dental settings should prioritize urgent and emergency visits* and delay elective visits and procedures to protect staff and preserve personal protective equipment and patient care supplies, as well as expand available hospital capacity. However, as the pandemic continues to evolve, and healthcare settings are responding to unique situations in their communities, CDC recognizes that dental settings may also need to deliver non-emergency dental care. Dental settings should balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and dental healthcare personnel (DHCP)†. CDC has developed a framework for healthcare personnel and healthcare systems for delivery of non-emergent care during the COVID-19 pandemic. DHCP should regularly consult their state dental boards and state or local health departments for current local information for requirements specific to their jurisdictions, including recognizing the degree of community transmission and impact, and their region-specific recommendations.

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      Background -- Patient Management -- Facility Considerations -- Equipment Considerations -- Administrative Controls and Work Practices -- Engineering Controls -- Hygiene -- Universal Source Control -- Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) -- Environmental Infection Control -- Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-Care Items -- Considerations for Additional Precautions or Strategies for Treating Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 -- Considerations for Use of Test-Based Strategies to Inform Patient Care -- Monitor and Manage Dental Health Care Personnel -- Education and Training -- References.
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