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Dentists Say PPE Shortage, ‘Aerosol’ Concerns Could Delay Reopening of Services

April 27, 2020
by CBC News

Saskatchewan dentists say shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and challenges with managing airborne particles from dental work could delay the return of routine services beyond May 4.

The provincial government announced Thursday that medical services, including dental clinics, will be allowed to resume in the first phase of its plan to re-open the provincial economy next month.

The dental industry in Saskatchewan is now moving quickly to refine its safety precautions so clinics can start taking patients whose dental needs have been put on hold for a month.

The College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS) has provided more detailed reopening guidelines for clinics to meet if they plan to open by May 4th, according to an emailed statement by Dr. Douglas Brothwell.

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2 Comments » for Dentists Say PPE Shortage, ‘Aerosol’ Concerns Could Delay Reopening of Services
  1. Andrew Coburn says:

    Stop Aerosol!! Gloves when set out in boxes are not clean with aerosol from dental teams working. Place them in cupboards at least.
    I do have plans for dispenser that looked good, works well and is efficient to use with good ergonomics if anyone is interested please let me know. (Former Coburn Dental Systems designed with Donald Coburn and myself)

  2. P.Shillingford says:

    With regard to handpieces…many electric highspeed handpieces can be run at sub 500 rpm with no water and use of sterile water in a hand syringe…and no air..to minimise aerosol…in addition…regular slow speed handpieces can be used at very reduced speeds without the creation of aerosols…there are diamond burs on latch angles that can be used to grind enamel as well as dentine…with plastic syringe water or sterile water. Many implant hand piece units can be used with syerile water flow onto site….just a thought.

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