Infection prevention and control in oral healthcare facilities

Added June 2, 2020

Citation: Oosthuysen J, Potgieter E, Fossey A. Compliance with infection prevention and control in oral health‐care facilities: a global perspective. International dental journal. 2014 Dec;64(6):297-311.

What is this? Physical interventions to prevent and control infections should interrupt or reduce the spread of COVID-19. Existing research on compliance with infection prevention procedures in oral healthcare settings may provide useful information for policy makers.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for studies on adherence to infection control procedures among dental healthcare providers. They did not restrict their searches by type or language of publication and did their most recent search in September 2013. They included 117 studies.

What was found: Access to suitable resources and personal protective equipment is a major contributing factor to compliance with infection control guidelines in high-income countries, but knowledge and compliance with guidelines was much lower in lower resource countries.

In all countries, hand hygiene and the care of hands were not always consistent with international recommendations.

 

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