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    5 reasons you need an infection prevention coordinator

    Having an infection prevention coordinator can help ensure that your practice stays up to date on infection control issues.

    Infection control is a multi-headed monster, and fighting it may seem like an uphill battle. Your dental practice must be attentive to a diverse range of issues, including the proper use of personal protective equipment, hand hygiene and equipment sterilization. Add to that, there are also regulatory and compliance issues that are constantly changing.

    Infection prevention coordinatorWith so many moving parts, it’s easy for something to fall through the cracks, which is why it is important to have an infection prevention coordinator designated by the practice to ensure that everything gets the attention it requires.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its 2016 Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings says as much.

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    “At least one individual with training in infection prevention — the infection prevention coordinator — should be responsible for developing written infection prevention policies and procedures based on evidence-based guidelines, regulations or standards,” the summary reads. “Policies and procedures should be tailored to the dental setting and reassessed on a regular basis (e.g., annually) or according to state or federal requirements.”

    We talked to infection control experts to find out some of the important reasons to have an infection prevention coordinator.

    Click through the slides to learn more.


    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...


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