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    6 scary consequences of not following good infection control practices

    How you can avoid these all-too-common pitfalls of infection control.

     

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    Risk of injury

    Without question, the worst result of failing to follow proper infection control procedures is that it can cause serious harm to a team member, a patient or even one’s self.

    “I don’t believe anybody entered into the dental profession to intentionally cause harm,” Daw observes. “So, when there is an infection control breach that harms another, any normal person would feel badly.”

    That level of harm can be physical or mental; and even has the potential to affect thousands of people.

    “Someone on the receiving end of an infection control breach may undergo blood testing, take medication and lose sleep waiting on test results,” Daw says. “A few years ago, an oral surgery clinic had a major infection control breach. Several thousand people were affected.”

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    Proper infection control protocols may seem overly fussy. However, it is important to engender a culture where good infection control is the standard.

    “For many years at OSU, I worked for a clinic dean with a strong commitment to safety,” Daw says. “Dedicated meetings, trainings and ongoing observations were part of a robust and comprehensive safety program to ensure students, patients and employees participated in the safest environment. This is the same in many community clinics and private practices; we all do what we can to ensure a safe work environment. If we’re not following proper infection control protocols, a student, employee or patient can be impacted.”

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    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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