Patient to Patient Transmission
- Fiona Collins
- Feb 15, 2013
Patient-to-patient transmission in the dental office is documented for a number of disease-causing microorganisms, including pathogens found in bodily fluids. As an example, the concentration of HBV is highest in blood, serum and exudates from open skin wounds. Following CDC guidelines and OSHA requirements minimizes the risk of disease transmission from patient-to-patient, patient to dental healthcare worker and dental healthcare worker to patient. Precautions to be followed will break the chain of infection at various stages. Hand hygiene and the use of PPE are required at all stages of the infection prevention cycle in the dental office, with medical or surgical gloves being used during patient care and utility gloves required for operatory clean-up, instrument processing and end-of-day clean-up and treatment of evacuation lines. Face masks, and eyewear or face shields (which are not a substitute for face masks) are also required for protection, with higher filtration masks offering greater protection.