5 infection control mistakes you may be making and not even realize

July 11, 2016
Kara Vavrosky, RDH

Kara Vavrosky, RDH is an Editorial Director at Modern Hygienist, a part of the Modern Dental Network. She is best known for running the popular Facebook page, Dental Hygiene with Kara RDH, and is the founder of DentalHygieneAnswers.com, a Q&A site for dental hygienists. Kara also serves on multiple advisory boards for dental-related companies and is a 2015-2016 ADHA Governance of Tomorrow Steering Committee member. You can learn more about Kara at KaraRDH.com.

As hygienists, infection control and the safety of our patients is a top priority. But are you and your office up to date on infection control protocols and required infection control training? Here are five infection control mistakes you might be making and not even realize.

As dental professionals, infection control and the safety of our patients is a top priority. But are you and your office up to date on infection control protocols and required infection control training?

Just because you or your office has always done something a certain way, doesn’t necessarily make it correct. Protocols and best practices are constantly changing. For the safety of our patients, and even ourselves as clinicians, reviewing infection control protocols needs to be at the forefront of our priorities. Here are five infection control mistakes you might be making and not even realize.

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