Carestream Dental's new portfolio focuses on safer operations

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The Practice Safety line is a new portfolio of personal protective equipment and eServices designed to protect the health of dental professionals and patients.

Carestream Dental has released the Practice Safety line, a new portfolio of personal protective equipment (PPE) and eServices, the company announced in a press release. The new line is designed to protect the health of dental professionals and patients, as well as the financial health of the practice.

As practices reopen following the COVID-19 shutdown, practices will face the necessary challenge of extra hygiene precautions, which could lead to increased time spent between patients. Rather than extend working hours or add to the days the practice is open to make up for this lost time, practices can maximize chair productivity by adopting effective hygiene procedures with the Practice Safety line, Carestream Dental’s press release read. The portfolio includes products and services that are designed to reduce the need for physical contact, mitigate the spread of germs, and protect professionals when interacting with patients.

Several eServices are available as add-on modules to practice management software to help reduce the need for physical contact. Electronic registration forms that patients call complete at home before their appointment eliminates the need to pass pens and paper back-and-forth in the office. Additionally, online payment options not only reduce the need to physically handle credit cards but they also have been shown to reduce the cash receipt time by three weeks on average versus traditional payment methods, the statement read. Carestream Dental offers a truly electronic claims filing process.

While in the chair, a new line of face shields, including a reusable option and a disposable version, and are designed to deliver protection against aerosols and splashes. Other tools and accessories that protect patients from cross-contamination include autoclavable and single-use scanner tips and retractors, sheaths, bite blocks, head and chin rests, equipment covers, and CR imaging plates.

“Normal infection control procedures have been keeping oral health professionals safe while working close to patients for years, but there’s nothing ‘normal’ about what’s happening today,” Ed Shellard, DMD, chief dental officer, Carestream Dental officer, said. “The Practice Safely portfolio helps practices balance safety and efficiency.”

The Practice Safety line is part of Carestream Dental’s Digital Reboot, the company’s program to drive a safer, faster recovery by offering resources and guidance to oral healthcare professionals. For more information, visit carestreamdental.com.

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