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Creating Infection Prevention Champions
Our mission is to create infection prevention champions by elevating the role of the infection control coordinator. We recognize that providing resources to this role allows individuals to become leaders and contributing members to the dental practice making safer dental visits.
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What is an Infection Control Coordinator (ICC)?
According to the CDC, every dental practice should have an Infection Control Coordinator or an ICC. This role is responsible for implementing an infection control program in the dental practice.
What are some duties of an ICC?
An ICC, has a duty to manage the entire infection control & prevention program. Some of the duties include: implementing & monitoring compliance of standard operating procedures, providing written documentation to personnel of mandates & guidelines set forth by regulatory agencies, act as an infection prevention resource for the team, scheduling infection prevention & safety training and overseeing documentation of safety-related recordkeeping.
What training should an ICC complete?
Training is essential for an ICC to oversee an Infection Control & Prevention Program. At a minimum, the ICC should have basic knowledge of "microbiology, modes of transmission, infection prevention/safety procedures, & related governmental regulations/recommendations".
What is an Infection Control & Prevention Program?
According to OSAP, an Infection Control & Prevention Program is "the system of policies, procedures and practices that minimize the risk of transmission of microorganisms and disease, when properly implemented. The overall goal is patient and personnel safety. Important elements in achieving this include: guidelines, standards and regulations; professional standards and best practices; ethics; and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
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