Infection Prevention and Control for Dental Assistants
Last updated: December 13, 2022
At: 9:23 am
Infection prevention and control is essential to providing safe care.
IPC Standards and IPC Guidelines
Dental assistants must meet or exceed the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta’s (CDSA) Infection Prevention and Control Standards and Risk Management for Dentistry and any other applicable guidelines or legislation necessary to meet the current standard of care.
Use the Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines to help you interpret and apply the IPC Standards. This helpful resource offers clear and practical information that works together with the IPC Standards.
If you have checked the IPC Guidelines and still have questions or concerns about the Standards, please discuss them with your employer and/or the CDSA.
Reusable & Single-Use Medical Devices Standards
Alberta Health recommends that the Reusable & Single-Use Medical Devices Standards be applied in all health care facilities or settings where health services are provided.
Sharps & Syringes
When you work with dental needles and other sharps, follow this Policy Protocol Sharps, Syringes & Safety Engineered Syringes (SES). For dental offices with a policy that allows for not using Safety Engineered Syringes for certain procedures, this acceptance applies.