You may have heard about the recent large-scale patient notification in Oklahoma. More than 7,000 patients have or will be notified to get tested for possible hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV transmission due to extensive breaches in infection control (including unsafe injection practices such as reported needle and syringe reuse for drawing up and administering medications from multidose medication vials and other mishandling of medications) at an oral surgery center.
The promotion of injection safety applies to all dental healthcare settings. Here are some resources for more information:
- CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings – 2003
- Slide presentation
- Safe Injection Practices in Dentistry (CDC Division of Oral Health)
- Injection Safety is Every Provider's Responsibility (poster)
- Safe Injection Practices in Dentistry (two-page overview)