Air Changes per Hour and Fallow Times Based on Geographical Regions

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - October 14, 2020

    Air quality has surfaced as a hot topic in the pandemic control measures for dental offices. Air quality falls under Additional Precautions in a dental offices IPAC Program. Pre-pandemic, offices were following Routine Practice covering hand hygiene, sharps safety, risk management and personal protective equipment. Additional precautions are just that, an addition to the routine practice. Additional precautions are required during respiratory viral outbreaks such as SARS COV-19.

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    Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

    by - July 28, 2020

    Statement July 27, 2020 - Ottawa, ON - Public Health Agency of Canada OTTAWA – In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today: “There have been 113,911 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,890 deaths. 87% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,801,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 44,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive and an average of 510 cases being reported daily from across the country.

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    UCSF School of Medicine - Covid-19: How the Virus Gets in and How to Block It: Aerosols, Droplets, Masks, Face Shields, & More

    by - July 20, 2020

    In this Covid-19 Medical Grand Rounds (July 16, 2020), three world experts discuss a variety of issues surrounding how the coronavirus moves from person to person, how best to block viral spread, and the potential that mask-wearing may not only prevent infection but also lead to a milder clinical course. The questions regarding aerosol vs. droplet transmission and the value of wearing masks and/or face shields are central to formulating public health strategies as well as to inform the personal decisions that each of us makes every day. The session is hosted by UCSF Department of Medicine chair Bob Wachter.

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    Gowns, Gowns and more Gowns!!!

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - July 02, 2020

    A summary discussion on product selection of gowns

    The routine practice of PPE selection is based on a proper risk assessment. This involves choosing the appropriate uniforms, shoes, gloves, surgical masks, respirator masks, eye protection, face shields, gowns, hair caps and shoe covers. Depending on the practice setting, this entire line up may be your ‘norm’ or it may be a new PPE shopping experience if you were not using the complete PPE spectrum in the past. As the line up of PPE expands, decisions need to be made on specific products and their performance. This is simple when the products are regulated, and with any luck, that regulation includes registration with Health Canada (or FDA for USA) or at least inclusion in a medical class device listing.

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    Do You Have A Hand Hygiene Program?

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - June 30, 2020

    A hand hygiene program is embedded within the contents of an office's IPAC Program and is often ill-defined. Dental offices may be performing hand hygiene tasks, have procured the necessary products and posted directions for proper hand hygiene, however, it goes much further than this.

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    DUWL Regimen and Product Selection During Extended Closure of a Dental Practice

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - April 22, 2020

    In the last article, I discussed the need to reflect on DUWL as part of the pre-planning to eventually return to practice once the coronavirus pandemic emergency state is lifted. I received many inquiries on product selection ranging from a regular maintenance program to the ‘oh no my DUWL biofilm is out of control’ action program.

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    Dental Unit Water Lines: Re-Entry into Practice Post Pandemic

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - April 08, 2020

    In the current situation of dental office closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are varying degrees of concerns that dental professionals are facing. Myself, as an RDH working clinically and an IPAC educator, I have a constant barrage of "what’s and if’s" anxiously circling through my mind like a movie stuck on repeat.

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    Coronavirus Screening; The Dental Professionals Responsibility

    by Michelle Aubé (Simmonds), RDH - January 28, 2020

    maxill is constantly doing research on any and every topic related to Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC). In the latest news releases, it is now common knowledge that a serious virus, the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is an evolving situation. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Public Health Sectors, PIDAC, CDC and WHO are all working diligently to ensure the containment of the virus and public awareness for surveillance.

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