Taking basic precautions will help protect dental teams and patients from cross-transmission risks from emerging infectious diseases.
Eve J. Cuny, BA, MS
EVE J. CUNY, BA, MS, is an associate professor in the Department of Dental Practice and director of Environmental Health and Safety at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Cuny has presented more than 200 continuing education courses throughout North America, contributed to textbooks, conducted dental infection control research, and published articles about infection control and safety in dentistry. She can be reached at [email protected]
Implementing proper protocols will help dental teams prevent infection control breaches during sterilization and disinfection procedures — and respond appropriately if a breach occurs.
The following protocols will help reduce the risk of cross-contamination in the dental operatory.