This document is intended to provide all OHCWs with the knowledge to properly implement necessary infection prevention and control measures in dental practice.
It consolidates published recommendations from government and other agencies, regulatory bodies and professional associations.
Wherever possible, recommendations are based on data from well-designed scientific studies. However, some infection prevention and control practices routinely used by health care practitioners cannot be rigorously examined for ethical or logistical reasons.
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In the absence of scientific evidence for such practices, certain recommendations are based on strong theoretical rationale, suggestive evidence or opinions of respected authorities. In addition, some recommendations are derived from provincial and federal regulations.
Accordingly, this document presents “best practices,” reflecting the best evidence and expert opinion available at the time of writing.
°ROYAL COLLEGE OF DENTAL SURGEONS OF ONTARIO
°Guidelines – Infection Prevention and Control in the Dental Office