ADA releases protocol to minimize COVID-19 exposure when treating dental emergencies

The American Dental Association released interim guidelines for dentists to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission before, during and after emergency dental treatments.

The release provides guidance for screening and triaging patients instructions for patient arrival; infection control standards; clinical technique recommendations; steps to follow after suspected exposure; instructions for environment disinfection between patients; postoperative instructions for patients; and steps to minimize exposure to others after work.

The ADA also published corresponding flowcharts for minimizing risk of transmission, including algorithms for triaging and screening urgent dental patients.

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