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Interim Dental Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for the COVID‑19 Response – A New Paradigm

Course Number: 647

Hygiene Considerations

Ensure disciplined hand hygiene protocols are followed by office personnel.2

  • Accomplish hand hygiene before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and after removing PPE, including gloves. Hand hygiene after removing PPE is particularly important to remove any pathogens that might have been transferred to bare hands during the removal process.

  • Use and alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) with 60-95% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are visibly soiled, use soap and water before using an ABHR.

  • Ensure hand hygiene supplies are readily available to all OHCP in every care location.