COVID-19 and Related Infection Control Resources

The Iowa Dental Board released the following announcement regarding their Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice on June 28:
 
"Since May 8, 2020, the Board Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice have been mandatory for dental offices, pursuant to the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency issued by the Governor. The provision of the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency that required dental offices to comply with the Board’s Guidelines has expired. Consequently, dental offices are no longer under a strict mandate to comply with the Board’s Guidelines related to COVID-19 precautions or transmission. Dental offices are encouraged to follow the CDC’s Guidance for Dental Settings. The Board’s Guidelines were derived from the CDC’s Guidance and dental offices may continue to follow the Board’s Guidelines to meet the standard of care. The standard precautions for preventing and controlling infectious diseases that are required or recommended by the CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings (2003) continue to be mandatory, as they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board enforces applicable laws and rules using a complaint-based system. If the Board receives a complaint related to COVID-19 precautions or transmission at a dental office, it will be evaluated based on the prevailing standard of care, which is the care that a reasonably prudent practitioner would provide under the same or similar circumstances. A practitioner who complies with the CDC’s Guidance will be deemed to have met the standard of care and will not face any Board action in response to such a complaint. A complaint against a practitioner who chooses not to comply with the CDC’s Guidance will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the standard of care was met and may face Board action if the standard of care was not met.  
 
The Board will issue press releases and post pertinent information on the website regarding any major updates to the CDC’s Guidance for Dental Settings. 
 
Thank you for all you have done during these difficult times to ensure that Iowans continue to safely access oral health care."
 
If you have questions regarding this guidance, please contact the Iowa Dental Board at 515.281.5157.
 
As a reminder, dentistry is largely exempted from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard announced in June. Because most dental offices screen patients prior to entry and do not permit people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, most dental offices are exempt from these requirements falling upon other healthcare facilities. However, all dental offices should perform a hazard assessment and maintain a written COVID-19 plan. OSHA has provided a flow chart to help businesses comply.

PPE/Equipment/Services

The IDA does not endorse or recommend the following products, but makes them available for dental professionals as a resource to consider. It is your responsibility to confirm the products you order comply with existing requirements and recommendations. 

database of FDA-registered sellers of medical devices and PPE in the U.S. is available for your reference. Enter “ORW” into the product code box to view a list of registered manufacturers for KN95 masks. Please note this is only the first step that should be taken in the vetting process and these are manufacturers and not distributors. Additional information is available 24/7 by contacting the FDA at 888.463.6332.
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