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With increased supply costs, it may be tempting to reuse certain items that are indicated for single use only. However, there can be serious repercussions if single use items are reused, such as disease transmission from one patient to another. Check out this week's podcast for tips and strategies when using single use items in your practice.Resources:CDC Division of Oral Health - Single Use Devices https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/faqs/single-use-devices.html FDA FAQs about the Reprocessing and Reuse of Single-Use Devices  https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/frequently-asked-questions-about-reprocessing-and-reuse-single-use-devices-third-party-and-hospital-0RDH Magazine - Single-Use (Disposable) Devices  https://www.rdhmag.com/infection-control/disinfection/article/16405788/singleuse-disposable-devices
Protecting your patients' privacy may sound straightforward, yet many times confusing circumstances arise and you are not sure of the best course of action. In this episode, the Divas answer some of the common HIPAA compliance questions that arise. Resources:Dept. of Health and Human Services - Health Information Privacy  https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/faq/271/does-a-physician-need-written-authorization-to-send-medical-records-to-a-specialist/index.html
In this episode, the Compliance Divas discuss the CDC's recently issued  Health Alert on dental unit waterlines.   Also featured in this episode are updated statistics on the prevalence of influenza and RSV, and the new variants that continue to cause COVID-19 infections to occur.   Health experts believe that we could have a "tridemic" in the US, of COVID, RSV and Flu at the same time.  Discover what you need to know about these developments and how they may affect dental practices.Resources:CDC Health Alert DUWL - https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2022/han00478.aspCDC Guidelines on DUWL - https://bit.ly/3UXLB7pCDC COVID Tracker - Transmission Levels  https://bit.ly/3TzY1kVCDC Respiratory Syncytial Virus - https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/index.htmlCDC Influenza Surveillance Report - https://bit.ly/3FxfkzF  
It's a known fact, dental unit waterlines (DUWL) can become highly colonized with bacteria.  So how do you know if your DUWL are really quality-controlled and meet current safety standards? In this episode, the Compliance Divas discuss the reality of water testing compliance levels and why routine testing and shocking is key. Resources:CDC Health Alert Network - Dental Unit Waterlines 10-31-2022https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2022/han00478.aspCDC Division of Oral Health - Dental Unit Water Qualityhttps://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/summary-infection-prevention-practices/dental-unit-water-quality.htmlEducational Resources - ProEdge Dental Water Labshttps://proedgedental.com/resources/#slide-videoSafe Water Webinar - ProEdge Dental Water Labshttps://proedgedental.com/safe-water-webinar/
What happens when a piece of equipment isn't working properly or you don't follow the proper steps for troubleshooting or using the device? What you do next is critical because you just may end up unintentionally creating a hazardous situation in your practice. Listen in as the Divas help you avoid potentially unsafe and dangerous situations in your office.Resources:Research Collective:  Human Factors and the FDA Medical Device Instructions for Use  https://research-collective.com/fda-medical-device-ifu/Federal Register:  FDA Medical Devices; Validated Instructions for Use and Validation Data Requirements for Certain Reusable Medical Devices in Premarket Notifications   https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2017-06-09/pdf/2017-12007.pdf
Have you ever had a Service Dog or Service Animal accompany your patient to their dental appointment? Can service animals enter the treatment room? Are there infection control considerations?  Are comfort, companion, support, therapy and emotional support animals, considered “service” animals? In this podcast the Divas discuss FAQs surrounding Service Animals in the Dental Setting.  Resources:Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (AwDA)  https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.htmlCDC:   Service Animals in Dental Health Care Settings - Infection Control Measures  https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/faqs/animals.htmlJournal of the American Dental Association: The Ethics of Service Animals in the Dental Office  https://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(19)30294-6/fulltextU.S. Dept. of Justice Dept. of Civil Rights - Service Animals  https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htmModern Practice Solutions Blog: International Assistance Dog Week https://dentalcompliancetn.com/2019/10/16/international-assistance-dog-week/OSHA Review Blog: AwDA Rules:  Offices Must Allow Service Animals  https://oshareview.com/2015/06/awda-rules-offices-must-allow-service-animals-dental-regulations/#:~:text=Dental%20offices%20must%20permit%20people,tasks%20for%20people%20with%20disabilities
Dental Assistants and Hygienists are in high demand and short supply these days. The Compliance Divas sit down with Kevin Henry co-founder of IgniteDA to discuss how dental practices are affected by the high number of dental team professionals leaving the field and not enough skilled newcomers entering it.
Do you know about NEW UPDATED CDC COVID-19 Guidelines published on 9-23-22? The COVID-19 pandemic has been a roller coaster of changing guidelines, recommendations, and standards. The Compliance Divas have worked hard to stay abreast of the changes that affect dentistry. Thanks to our perseverance, expertise and connections, you’ll be able to stay right on top of Infection Control updates for dentistry. In this Podcast we help you UNDERSTAND what this update means for you. Resources:CDC Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.htmlCDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-recommendations.html
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a great deal of emphasis was placed on the effectiveness of surface disinfectants.   This episode will discuss characteristics for selecting, proper use and misuse of surface disinfectants.Resources:CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-care Settings 2003 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5217.pdf CDC Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities 2008 (updated 2019)  https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/index.html Selected EPA Registered Disinfectants https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/selected-epa-registered-disinfectantsHow to Read a Disinfectant Label https://www.epa.gov/system/files/images/2022-09/HowToReadALabel-508c-Final-2022-08-30%20%28005%29_1.png
In this episode, the Divas clarify a common question among dental practices, that is how long to keep certain employee records. If you have ever been confused about how long to maintain training rosters, employee medical files or even payroll records, join the Divas for those answers and more.
How does the increase in the cases of  Monkeypox affect dentistry?  What about evidence that Poliovirus has resurfaced?  Polio was once one of the most feared diseases in the U.S.  As kids head back to school and cooler weather means being indoors more, respiratory viral infections are expected to circulate. The Divas discuss  why it's important for every dental professional to be well versed on the "Infection De Jour".  In addition, the  DIVAs talk about OSAP and the resources available during  Dental Infection Control Awareness Month  #DICAM. Listen to this timely Podcast so you can stay abreast of the latest in Infection Prevention and Control in Dentistry. 
This Podcast focuses on dental Infection Control and other safety issues when using  Radiographic equipment. The Divas discuss how dental workers can unknowingly cause cross contamination. Listen as The Divas identify gaps that could put your patient and your practice at risk. These gaps include improper reprocessing of x-ray holders and sensors, not disinfecting clinical contact surfaces,  misuse of barriers and using the wrong type of barriers.      
In this special episode, The Divas meet with Natasha Vandross of Man and Machine to focus on an often overlooked point of cross contamination in the treatment room, the computer keyboard and mouse. Learn how you can disinfect your keyboard and mouse to kill bugs, not your machine.
DICAM, Dental Infection Control Awareness Month is celebrated during  the month of September.  This year's theme is "Staying in the Know Together" with special emphasis on different areas of infection control each week throughout the month. Check out the Divas website for a link to all the OSAP resources that you can use to celebrate DICAM in your practice.
Sexual harassment and abusive conduct in a dental setting destroys morale, impacts productivity and can result in legal consequences. Employers and individuals can be personally liable for sexual harassment. In this episode, the Divas discuss how to maintain a harassment free and respectful workplace.
This week the Divas complete their recap of the OSAP Annual Conference. If you missed the event, then you won't want to miss this episode to find out what's new and exciting in infection control and safety.
The World Health Organization stated that the Monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern. Cases are appearing in almost every state in our  country. Dental professionals need to know what Monkeypox is, how it spreads, and how to kill it.  In the episode, the Divas deliver helpful information and resources on Monkeypox including  how to select appropriate disinfectants.    
COVID-19 probably isn't at the top of the list of things you WANT to hear about, but you NEED to know that Covid-19 cases are on the rise. As of the date of this Podcast, 93% of the country is in the RED zone meaning HIGH Transmission.  It seems that the Omicron  subvariant  BA.5  spreads quickly and is responsible for 81% of the reported COVID cases.  In this episode, the Divas talk about how  you can protect yourself, your patients, and your team.
Have you ever wondered what happens when OSHA conducts an onsite investigation?  Retired OSHA compliance officer, Don Hall, shares his insights on the most common violations he found during inspections of over 200 dental offices. This timely podcast will help you overcome common safety challenges.  
Successful ransomware attacks are devastating to a dental practice. In this podcast, the Divas interview Amy Wood, best selling author,  speaker, consultant, coach, and data breach consultant to prevent ransomware from disrupting your practice and affecting you personally. 
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