Ebola and Dental Compliance Guidelines

Being located in the the DFW area and in close proximity to the ever growing possibility of an Ebola outbreak, we are feeling the stress. One of our clients already had a patient walk-in saying they had been in contact with a monitored Ebola exposed person. They called us and we got right on it! Due to the CDC’s self-confessed gaff of the handling of the first US Ebola patient, healthcare professionals are rightly concerned.

We have developed an Ebola sign for your doors and an Ebola compliance policy for our Compliance Advantage Clients and our Compliance Alert Network Members. Log in to Compliance Hub to access these resources.

The ADA came out with some Ebola guidance and of course the CDC is continuing to monitor the situation.

This horrific disease should increase your awareness of the use of proper PPE in your practice of dentistry. We recommend practicing taking your gloves on and off without contaminating yourself and removing all other PPE carefully as well. This is a great training opportunity. Your staff will be more calm and prepared if given the opportunity to train!

Need an emergency Infection Control update? Give us a call and we can schedule something for your practice right away. 888-994-4744

Here are some resources for your Ebola education.

The ADA’s recap of the CDC Ebola update

The CDC scoop on Ebola

Infection Control Posters

OSAP Ebola Article

Patient Diagnosed flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Frontier Airlines

Some really good guidelines on Infection Control from our neighbors to the North

Of particular interest is the face mask guidelines for droplet precautions:

PPE:

Appropriate and proper use and removal of PPE as recommended for the specific setting.

  • Gloves (to fit securely over gown cuff)
  • Gown (i.e., long sleeve and cuffed fluid-resistant or impermeable)
  • Facial protection (mask and eye protection or mask and face shield).

Note: Masks with visors are not suitable; face shields should be long enough to prevent splashing underneath; eye glasses are not suitable eye protection.

Note: Quarantine Officers (and by extension CBSA Officers/Screening Officers) and some emergency medical services use respirators as a standard operating procedures when required to wear a mask. This is based on the organizational risk assessment already in place.