Preparing To Re-Open Your Dental Practice
The Covid-19 outbreak has been a challenging and difficult time for everyone especially those running a business that involves close contact with their patients. Since good oral hygiene is directly linked to better overall health, it is imperative that practices can get back to treating patients, but how might this be possible with safety regulations that are necessary to keep your staff and your patients safe?
Here are some points to consider when the lockdown is lifted;
- Patient Communication: Explain the importance and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Stagger Patients: Do not stack dental appointments.
- Change Appointment Confirmation Style: Explain new safety policies over phone when confirming appointments and always ask if a patient has any symptoms of fever.
- Modified Patient Check-In: Reception room is closed. Check-in is done over the phone. Patients wait to be called-in for an appointment once the previous patient is gone and sanitation is complete, keeping the surgery a wait free area.
- Entry Restricted: Only patients may enter for their appointment. Spouses, friends, caregivers and parents will need to wait outside. They can assist patients to the front door and a member of staff can take over once sanitization has taken place.
- Remove Non-essential Items: Any non-clinical items should be stored. Dental display models, flyers, brochures, implant displays, free samples etc.
- Dental Supply Deliveries: All supply deliveries from dental suppliers or drivers must be accepted outside and sanitized once in practice.
- Contain all Aerosol Spray: Use a rubber dam to contain spray. Dental Hygienists should have a dental assistant help them and use a high volume ejector (HVE) for hygiene procedures.
- Sanitization Technician / Environmental Dental Assistant: Perhaps a new dental position could help the practice – they would be responsible for sanitizing all areas of concern.
- Take Patient Temperatures: For the sole purpose of protecting yourself, your team and your patients.
Please let us know if you have any additional advice that might help the dentistry industry. We are here to help.
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