MoHFW releases Guidelines for Dental Professionals in Covid-
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In the current COVID 19 pandemic, Dentists, auxiliaries as well as patients undergoing dental procedures are at high risk of cross-infection. Most dental procedures require close contact with the patient’s oral cavity, saliva, blood, and respiratory tract secretions. Saliva is rich in COVID 19 viral load. Many patients who are asymptomatic may be carriers. For this reason, it is suggested that all patients visiting a dental office must be treated with due precautions.

These guidelines issued by MoHFW, GOI, address dental services in the country, and cover:

- Health care workers who are required to attend dental ailments in remote locations in the government sector.
- Dental Surgeons working in PHC/ small towns and different locations.
- Dental Surgeons working in government and private hospitals set up.
- Dental surgeons working in cities with solo or multi-speciality practices.

Urgent procedures should be undertaken only after teleconsultation, tele-triage, consent, and through pre-fixed appointment only.

Testing for the Covid-19 before resuming work in the clinics: Health care workers who are asymptomatic and do not fall under the category of being exposed to coronavirus infection are not required to undergo a test before resuming to work in the clinics.

Hydroxychloroquine Prophylaxis As per the advisory given by the MOHFW dated 22.03.2020, all asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in the care of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 are advised to take HCQ prophylaxis after medical consultation. For further details:-

Donning and Doffing of PPE:

Use of N -95 masks/Guidelines for extended use link: a.

Standard precautions:

The dental operatories should gear themselves for readiness- Preparatory Phase(I), Implementation Phase(II) and Follow up (III). Read more about phases in posters attached below.

Note: This list is a brief compilation of some of the key recommendations included in the Guideline and is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice.

Kindly refer to the original publication in the document attached below
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