Following the CDC Guidelines for Infection Prevention
- Fiona Collins
- Oct 17, 2012
Following the CDC guidelines for infection prevention is key in helping to break the chain of infection, thereby preventing cross-infection and disease transmission. A report published on a survey of almost seven thousand dentists in the United States by Cleveland et al provides evidence that increased adherence to these guidelines is required. The researchers investigated the rates of implementation in dental offices for four measures related to the infection prevention guidelines introduced in the 2003 Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the influence of related education and knowledge, attitudes and demographics. The measures tested involved engineering controls, work practice controls and administrative controls. Specifically, the use of safer medical devices, documentation related to sharps injures (percutaneous injuries), the presence of an infection prevention coordinator and water quality measures were measured. Just shy of half of the dentists surveyed responded. In addition to finding that there were regional differences in the level of implementation, the researchers found that just over a quarter of respondents overall had implemented at least three of the four recommendations addressed in the survey. It was concluded that implementation rates may be helped by a number of measures, including an increase in required related continuing education, as well as improvements in awareness and perceptions related to the necessity for infection control.