CDC looks to dentists to help ramp up bloodborne pathogens control
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is proposing a survey of dental offices throughout the country to evaluate the use of exposure control plans for bloodborne pathogens. The project would draw on research-to-practice principles and be assisted by a network of dental professional groups, trade associations, and government agencies.
The revised bloodborne pathogens standard is based primarily on hospital data. But compliance with the hospital-based standards, policies, and programs may not be appropriate to non-hospital settings.
There are a reported 600,000 percutaneous injuries annually involving contaminated sharps. Dental workers are among the approximately 550,000 health care workers in non-hospital settings.
"Little information is known about the risk management practices in these non-hospital settings," according to the proposal. "It is important to identify effective methods for using exposure control plans in non-hospital settings and to verify whether the specificity and relevance of bloodborne pathogen training and educational materials for non-hospital facilities can positively impact compliance in dental settings."
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March 11, 2013
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