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October 30, 2020 News DentistryNews

Key Public Health / OHS Areas of Focus for Dental Practices

by Transitions Group

With Public Health and OHS inspections increasing due to COVID-19 tracing requirements, our IPAC expert, Sonia Gracias, has identified 10 key questions dental offices should be focused on to ensure they are prepared in the event of an audit. They

October 22, 2020 Feature Dental StudentsNew dentistsNew gradsOral Health

Dentistry in a Time of Covid: What to Expect in the “New Normal”

by Elaine Powell, RDH, Director of Regulatory Compliance Programs, dentalcorp; Jaime Robertson, RDH, Manager of Regulatory Compliance Programs, dentalcorp; Michelle Schwarze, CDA, Manager of Operations and Compliance, dentalcorp

Dentistry has faced more challenges in the last six months than in any similar span of time in history. A torrent of information about COVID-19 has overwhelmed not only practice teams, but all of society. Patients and dental team members

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July 31, 2020 Feature Oral Health OfficePractice management

Implementation of IPAC Standards Through Best Practices During COVID-19 Pandemic

by Joan Hutchings RN, CPN, BA, MSc, MPA

Infection prevention and control (IPAC) has never been discussed or read about more until now. The pandemic, caused by COVID-19, is having a devastating impact on our world. Will you and your staff carry on business as usual when you

July 16, 2020 News News

Henry Schein Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement of Radic8 Air Purifier Systems in the U.S. and Canada

by Henry Schein Inc.

Radic8 Devices Can Help Improve Indoor Infection Control in Dental Practices Henry Schein (Nasdaq: HSIC) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Radic8, a UK-based manufacturer of air purifier systems, to distribute their devices in the

June 3, 2020 News News

BC Dentist Renovates to Canadian Health Care Facilities HVAC Airborne Infection Isolation Room Standard to Assist in the Fight Against COVID-19

by Care Dental

In response to COVID-19, Care Dental in Kelowna BC (www.caredental.ca) has made significant investment and renovated their entire facility to meet Canadian Healthcare Facilities HVAC Negative Pressure Airborne Infection Isolation Room Standard. It is believed to be the first of its

February 4, 2020 Feature Infection controlOral Health

Key Components to a Comprehensive IPAC Plan: Are You Ready for a Public Health Inspection?

by Susan McGuire, Professional Consultant & Trainer, Certified WHMIS Trainer, CDA Level II, OSAP Member, AGD/PACE approved provider

Are you compliant with the current regulated IPAC protocols in your clinic? By now, every dentist should be acutely aware that changes are necessary to traditional IPAC processes. All clinics must now follow the latest protocols created by the Provincial

January 31, 2020 Feature Health & HealingOral Health OfficeOverall HealthPractice ManagementPublic Health

Overcoming the Unknown: 5 Tips to Combat Coronavirus

by Elaine Powell, RDH, dentalcorp Manager, Regulatory Compliance Programs; Jaime Robertson, RDH, dentalcorp Manager, Regulatory Compliance Programs

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a “public health emergency of international concern”, meaning that it considers the emergence of novel coronavirus “an extraordinary event” posing a “public health risk … through the international spread of

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October 31, 2019 Feature Dental StudentsInfection controlNew dentistsNew gradsOral Health

The Shared Responsibility Of Infection Prevention and Control

by Elaine Powell, RDH, RDA, dentalcorp Practice Auditor; Jaime Robertson, RDH, dentalcorp Practice Auditor

Imagine you or a family member received a letter from your dentist indicating that, due to an oversight on the practice’s part, you should be tested for bloodborne diseases, such as HIV or Hepatitis C. Now, imagine if the letter

October 15, 2019 News NewsOral Health

Hong Kong University Apologizes After 254 Dental Patients Put At Risk Of HIV & Hepatitis

by South China Morning Post

Hundreds of people who received treatment at the University of Hong Kong’s dental clinic with equipment that had not been properly sanitized have been given a public apology by the university’s council chairman, Dr Leong Che-hung. The university has already

June 1, 2019 News News

Patients Possibly Exposed to Improperly Cleaned Tools at Colorado Springs Clinic

by Catherine Silver, KKTV 11 News

A local dental clinic is notifying nearly 30 patients that they may have been put at risk of disease. Peak Vista says some of their dental tools were improperly-cleaned at their main clinic in Colorado Springs. It’s at the International

February 14, 2019 News News

Ontario Dental Patients Told to Get Tested for HIV, Hepatitis

by CBC News

Patients who’ve attended a Kingston, Ont., dental clinic since 2010 are being urged to get tested for certain infectious diseases after the local health agency discovered the clinic’s tools were improperly cleaned and sterilized. The investigation into the Dr. Ken Luco Dental Clinic began after Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public

January 16, 2019 News News

VistaCool 3 Eliminates Need for Autoclave Condenser Bottles

by SciCan

SciCan is proud to announce the VistaCool 3 Direct-to-Drain Thermal Reduction System for Autoclave Wastewater, created by Vista Research Group. The innovative design of the new VistaCool 3 provides all the same benefits as its predecessors, while occupying less space.

January 9, 2019 News Dental ProductNews

High-Capacity RapidHeat Tabletop Sterilizer Now Available

by CPAC Equipment

After a period of lengthy development, CPAC Equipment, Inc. is pleased to announce the February 2019 rollout of their new RapidHeat™ Pro11 High-Capacity Tabletop Sterilizer. With over 700% (7 times) more capacity than its COX RapidHeat™ predecessor, the Pro11 has

January 3, 2019 Video Dental VideoOral Health OfficePatient education

The “Golden Rule” in Health Care

by Oral Health

Julian Perez, Vice President, Risk Management & Compliance at dentalcorp, discusses the importance of always considering the “golden rule” in health care and how patient’s growing knowledge of the industry should motivate you to do more.

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January 3, 2019 Feature Oral HealthPaediatric Dentistry

Surveillance: The Foundation of Effective Infection Prevention and Control

by John Hardie, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCDC

Introduction In 1980 the results of the SENIC Project (Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control) were published. For the first time this showed that preventing or controlling health care acquired infections was dependent on a thorough understanding of

December 19, 2018 News News

Former Patients of Shuttered Burien Dental Clinic Urged to Get Hepatitis, HIV Tests

by KOMO Staff

Patients who recently had services performed at a Burien dental office are being advised to get tested for Hepatitis and HIV after issues were discovered with the clinic’s sterilization practices. After a complaint, health officials conducted an inspection of the

November 28, 2018 News News

NSU Dental Patients Possibly Exposed to Certain Viruses Due to Sterilization Issues

by Amanda Batchelor, ABC 10 News

Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine recently informed patients that they might have been exposed to certain viruses due to an “inconsistency in the prescribed sterilization procedures.” According to an NSU letter dated last Friday, the issue was discovered

October 30, 2018 News News

Whistleblower Accuses Tacoma Pediatric Dental Chain of Reusing Disposable Tools

by Alison Grande, The News Tribune

The Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission is investigating after a whistleblower accused a Tacoma pediatric dental chain of reusing dental tools. Lisa Walker said she quit her job as the office manager at the Smiles 4 Kids in the

October 18, 2018 News News

Dentist, Accused of Inappropriate Behavior, Agrees Not to Be Alone With Female Patients

by Tony Leys, Des Moines Register

A West Des Moines dentist has agreed not to be alone with female patients while state regulators decide what to do about allegations he made lewd remarks and advances to women in his office. The Iowa Dental Board alleges dentist Phelan

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October 16, 2018 Feature Oral HealthPeriodontics

Critique of the RCDSO Draft Document on: “Standard of Practice: Infection Prevention and Control in the Dental Office”

by John Hardie, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCDC

Preamble Recently, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) welcomed comments on its draft document “Standard of Practice: Infection Prevention and Control in the Dental Office.” This critique is based on a thorough reading of the proposed Standard