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COVID-19 Series: Respiratory Protection During Dental Care
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As dental care resumes while the cases of COVID-19 continue, it is more important than ever to ensure all care providers are practicing appropriate respiratory protection. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest an approach in which each dental practice or clinic evaluate the materials and devices that work best for them, and implement a layered approach to providing a safe care environment. This program will review the administrative, work practice and engineering controls, and PPE recommended for dental professionals.
- Describe the CDC guidelines for respiratory protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Evaluate administrative, engineering, and work practice control intended to prevention respiratory disease transmission.
- Explain the requirements of an OSHA-required respiratory protection program.
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Eve Cuny, M.S.
Eve Cuny is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate Professor at University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California where she is also Assistant Dean for Global Relations. Ms. Cuny is a member of the National Occupational Research Agenda Council, and has served as a reviewer and subject matter expert for CDC. She has worked in the area of dental infection prevention and patient safety for the past 30 years. Ms. Cuny is a member of the board of directors of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).
Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP
Kathy Eklund is the Director of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Forsyth Research Subject & Patient Safety Advocate at The Forsyth Institute. She is adjunct faculty at Regis College, Dental Hygiene Program where she teaches a senior level course. Evidence-Based Decision Making. Ms. Eklund serves as faculty for the New England AIDS Education and Training Centers and HIVdent.org. Ms. Eklund is the 2017-2019 Chair of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Board of Directors and a consultant the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Dental Practice. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Eklund has published papers and contributed to several texts on infection control and safety. She is an author of the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings- 2003. Ms. Eklund has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics.
Eve Cuny, MS
Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP