Today's minimal requirements for a practical dental office infection control and exposure control program.

G. T. Terezhalmy, C. A. Gitto

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Abstract

The current climate in society regarding infectious diseases in general, and herpes, hepatitis, and HIV infections in particular, dictates that today's dental practices must use effective infection control techniques. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to inspect, cite, and fine health care facilities. More states are implementing regulations concerning the operation of health care facilities. Patients are becoming more sophisticated in their scrutinizing of the dental and medical professions' approach to asepsis. Media coverage of exposure incidents is becoming more intense. All these factors leave dentists no choice; they must implement appropriate infection control techniques. The life-time cost of effective infection control is far less than one malpractice settlement. Implementation of an effective infection control program to promote dental asepsis can be cost-effective. In addition, it can be a practice builder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-642
Number of pages14
JournalDental clinics of North America
Volume42
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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