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Influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental practice: why measures to be taken – the experience of an European University Hospital (part 2)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.25241/stomaeduj.2020.7(4).art.6

 

Abstract

Background The Covid-19 pandemic does not leave the dental practice unattended. In Part 1 the reason why measures should be taken was explored.
Objective The objective is to review the measures that can be taken to minimize the risk of tranmission in the dental practice.
Data Sources These measures can be classified according to the guidelines of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Study Selection A qualitative approach explores the applicability of these guidelines to the dental practice.
Data Extraction In order to prevent aerosol transmission in the dental practice a large number of changes are needed. It concerns hygiene protocols, organizational protocols and architectural changes, none of which are backed by a legal framework.
Conclusion Until a vaccination program is introduced to counter the Covid-19 pandemic in a country, the dental society will need to take measures to prevent aerosol transmission in the dental office. The pyramid of measures according to NIOSH offers a suitable frame to classify all measures. Any legal regulatory intervention could use this framework.

Keywords
Covid-19; Aerosol; SARS-2-COV; Personal Protective Equipment; Respirator.