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Barriers in the Surgical Suite: Standards Required Barriers in the Surgical Suite: Standards Required

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS

Date Added:

7/18/2008


Summary:

Dental implant, periodontal , and oral surgical procedures or any potentially hemorrhagic procedures put the practitioner and staff at risk for exposure to blood-borne viruses (eg, AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C), as well as saliva and blood-transmitted pathogens (eg, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphyloccus, Streptococcus, cytomegalovirus). There are also a number of viruses that may infect the upper respiratory tract. In these cases, infections may be transmitted through direct contact with blood or saliva, droplets, aerosols, and possibly by accidental inoculation (parenteral exposure) from sharp instruments. This can be minimized by using infection-control measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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