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Infection Control

Universal/Standard Precautions are a set of infection control practices that healthcare personnel use to reduce transmission of microorganisms in healthcare settings. Universal/Standard Precautions protect both healthcare personnel and patients from contact with infectious agents. Following guidelines from the CDC and OSHA on hand washing, personal protective equipment, respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette, standard precautions and surface disinfection is important to the success of all infection prevention programs. They are  guidelines we take very seriously. 

At Kakaris Family Dentistry we are committed to following the Universal/Standard Precautions and the CDC and OSHA guidelines.  Minimally, these involve sterilizing all instruments in dry-heat ovens or steam autoclaves, using disposable items whenever possible, rigorous handwashing, wearing gloves and facial masks, and, of course cleaning and disinfection of all equipment and surface environments.  

To review the Universal/Standard Precautions as outlined on the World Health Organization website go to:  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC: a federal agency that conducts and supports health promotion, prevention and preparedness activities in the United States) can also be found online.

If you have any concerns about infection control at Kakaris Family Dentistry, please call the office for clarification.

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