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Infection control in the dental office: Compliance revisited
Inside Dental Assisting
One may look at the most recent breach of infection control within the Tulsa, Okla., oral surgery office with sadness. This office may have exposed as many as 7,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C in a six-year period. Inspections by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry reported numerous violations of infection control protocols, including unsanitary and unsafe conditions, improper dispensing of medications, and illegal administration of intravenous sedation by dental assistants.
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Time management in the dental schedule
Dental Front Office blog
Time management can really make or break any office. If the front office team isn't performing their tasks as they should the whole office suffers. This is especially true when it comes to scheduling our patients. Whether you are using a block schedule or scheduling appointments as needed you must be sure that the person scheduling those appointments has a good understanding of the practice goals and the doctor's preferences.
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Are patient names on dental lab labels a HIPAA violation?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: Is it a HIPAA violation for a dental lab to have the patient’s name on a label on the outside of the case box being shipped to the office via UPS, FedEx, or U.S. Postal Service? Our lab insists it is not. I am concerned, and I’m trying to get a Business Agreement with the lab, but if they continue the practice, I’m afraid we’re liable.
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Officials: Tests show former patients' HIV can't be linked to Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon's practice
Tulsa World
HIV specimens from former patients of Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon Dr. W. Scott Harrington cannot be linked to his practice, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Tulsa Health Department announced. The health departments have stated previously that Harrington's office was the site of the first documented patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C in a dental setting in the United States.
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Is dental assisting a dead end job?
Dentistry IQ
The U.S. department of labor says dental assisting is going to see a 31 percent boost in growth, which is higher than average. The Dental Assistant National Board of Review states, "Dental assisting is among the top 25 fastest-growing occupations in the United States."
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EPA denies fluoride petition
American Dental Association
The Environmental Protection Agency said a petition seeking to prohibit the use of hydrofluorosilicic acid as a water fluoridation agent "provides no information that would cause EPA to question the current approach." The EPA, which regulates fluoridation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, denied the petition.
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Challenges an office manager faces: Managing the schedule
By Jill Nesbitt
One of the most critical responsibilities an office manager has is to manage the schedule. A properly managed schedule keeps the dental staff busy and reduces chit-chat time. It also keeps the focus on our patients instead of on "what did you do last weekend" conversations. The schedule dictates our profitability and is a visual reminder of our effectiveness. So, we know it's important — but how does an office manager successfully manage the schedule?
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Hand washing: Are we becoming complacent?
Dental Economics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health-care agencies have documented that hand washing is one of the most effective infection prevention protocols. In spite of this knowledge, I frequently observe dental professionals breaching hand-washing protocol while treating patients, says Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA.
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America needs more dental coverage for adults
Dental Health Magazine
With the new Affordable Care Act to be implemented starting with 2014 there will be quite some changes not only in the general health field but also in the field of dentistry. One of the most important provisions of this act is that uninsured children will get access to the dental care they need.

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Study: Universal gown and glove use by healthcare workers in ICU reduces MRSA 40 percent
Inside Dental Assisting
Healthcare workers' use of disposable gowns and gloves upon entering all patient rooms on an intensive care unit, versus only in rooms on standard isolation protocol, helped reduce patient acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus by approximately 40 percent, according to new research co-led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Healthcare Solutions.

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Researchers regenerate a fully functional bioengineered salivary gland
ScienceDaily
The research group led by Professor Takashi Tsuji of Tokyo University of Science and Organ Technologies Inc. has provided a proof-of-concept for bioengineered mature organ replacement as a regenerative therapy.

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FAQ: Dental and vision care part of 'essential benefits' for children
Kaiser Health News
One part of the Affordable Care Act is intended to improve dental coverage for children, an extension of efforts by public health advocates that followed the 2007 death of a Maryland boy named Deamonte Driver who was killed by a bacterial infection that spread from an abscessed tooth to his brain.
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Oral hygiene care for critically ill patients to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia
Dentistry IQ
The role of oral hygiene in maintaining the health and well-being of mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care is apparent. Complicated needs of these patients and poor oral hygiene may result in nosocomial-acquired infections such as pneumonia. However, the importance of mouth care is not often reflected in intensive care unit literature and practice.
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Canadian study: Severe tooth decay in preschoolers a leading cause of day surgery
Compendium
For thousands of Canadian preschoolers, going to the dentist doesn't mean a short visit to a clinic for a minor cavity, but going under general anesthesia for extensive dental surgery in hospital.
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