Managing Breaches in Infection Prevention and Control in Dental Health Care Settings
CDC has developed guidance for evaluating an infection control breach (available here: https://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/steps_for_eval_IC_breach.html). The same multidisciplinary approach, including engagement with public health, should be used to manage breaches in dental settings. This should involve knowledgeable infection prevention experts and other personnel who can make decisions that support the best interest of involved patients. Contact public health officials for assistance when investigating infection prevention breaches and assessing potential patient risks. CDC is available to provide assistance and specific contacts for state health departments. Contact CDC’s Division of Oral Health at email@example.com or by telephone at 770-488-6054.
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