May 20th, 2020
We are diligent about Infection Control
Prior to COVID-19 the dental profession adhered to strict disinfection protocols to ensure patient safety. Standard Precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, in any setting where health care is delivered. These practices are designed to both protect the dental staff and prevent us from spreading infections among patients. Standard Precautions include —
- Hand hygiene.
- Use of personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, masks, eyewear).
- Respiratory hygiene / cough etiquette.
- Sharps safety (engineering and work practice controls).
- Safe injection practices (i.e., aseptic technique for parenteral medications).
- Sterile instruments and devices.
- Clean and disinfected surfaces.
What additional steps we will take once we re-open:While our office already adheres to these standard precautions, there are several common sense recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Pre-screening phone calls and in office screening of patients for signs or symptoms of infection.
- Making sure our masks, gloves, and eye protection are appropriate for the procedures performed. We are increasing our standard PPE with additional face shields, washable surgical gowns and are trying to procure surgical caps, booties.
- Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs, and bathrooms.
- Increased medical grade HEPA air filtration in the building.
- Vinyl shield for the front office staff for protection when social distancing is not possible.
- Implementing NO TOUCH check-in, health history, treatment planning and payment to decrease possible virus transmission.
How can you prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Do not use your hands.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
If you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your HEALTH AND SAFETY, please give us a call at 425-392-2103. As always, stay safe and be well. WE GOT THIS!