Kohn WG, Collins AS, Cleveland JL, Harte JA, Eklund KJ, Malvitz DM. 2003. Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings—2003. MMWR Recommendations and Reports 52(RR-17):1-66,
Annotation: This issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report consolidates previous recommendations and adds new ones for infection control in oral health care settings. Recommendations are provided on (1) educating and protecting oral health personnel, (2) preventing transmission of bloodborne pathogens, (3) hand hygiene, (4) personal protective equipment, (5) contact dermatitis and latex hypersensitivity, (6) sterilization and disinfection of patient care items, (7) environmental infection control, (8) oral health unit waterlines, biofilm, and water quality, and (9) special considerations. Additional information and resources are provided in sections on recommendations, Internet resources, and references. The appendices include sections on the regulatory framework for disinfectants and sterilants, immunizations strongly recommended for health professionals, and methods for sterilizing and disinfecting patient-care items and environmental surfaces. A special section provides information about continuing education credits.
Contact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth Available from the website.
Keywords: Dental care, Dental clinics, Dental equipment, Dental hygienists, Dental offices, Dentists, Disease prevention, Disinfection, Guidelines, Health personnel, Immunization, Infection control, Oral health, Professional education, Resource materials, Sterilization