Many of us in the infection control arena have been anxiously awaiting an update to the 2003 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings.
In March 2016, our questions were finally answered with the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care and Companion Checklist.
Well, yes and no.
The new summary and checklist from the CDC should be considered a companion to the 2003 guidelines that outlines basic expectations for providing safe dental care. The 2016 summary does not replace the current CDC guidelines, nor does it summarize any regulations. The CDC is not a regulatory body. For specific regulations dental practices please refer to state dental and health board rules and statutes.
It is important that each and every professional in a dental healthcare setting fully understands the 2003 guidelines and that they understand what the new summary is, and is not.
As Corporate Members of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), Mesa Labs remains committed to providing the highest level of information and education for our clients to enhance patient safety in all dental offices. For further commentary on the new CDC guidelines, the OSAP website offers some additional guidance.
To review the new CDC Summary, visit CDC.gov.