Use It, or Lose It – Readying Your Equipment for the Post-COVID-19 Influx of Patients

Posted by Brooke Hawke on Apr 16, 2020 2:19:17 PM

By Joseph Ross, President Ross Orthodontic

Every day headlines report we are nearing the peak of this pandemic; normalcy will return soon. Until that happens, your equipment is sitting doing nothing. Since all offices have been shut down and seeing only emergency cases, the backup of current and existing patient appointments is only building. You don’t want to start seeing patients and immediately have to stop to make repairs due to equipment inactivity. The old adage ‘use it, or lose it’ applies here. Not using your equipment on a daily basis can cause minor problems when you start up again. Be proactive, be prepared, and be ready.

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Topics: sterilization, orthodontics, orthodontic equipment, orthodontic tools, maintenance, repairs, COVID-19

CDC Summary Changes to Be Implemented

Posted by Brooke Milligan on Feb 7, 2017 10:19:10 AM

By Andrea Cook

There has been talk for some time regarding an update to the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. The CDC will not be releasing new guidelines for infection control in dental settings. However, in March 2016, the CDC released their update; a document entitled "Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care and Companion Checklist." The entire document is available online at www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/guidelines.

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Topics: sterilization, Andrea Cook, orthodontics, CDC, infection control, patient care

Understanding CDC Compliance in the Orthodontic Office

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Feb 21, 2012 10:00:00 AM


by Andrea Cook

Understanding and compliance with the CDC guidelines is a challenge for today’s busy practice.  The statement below should remind us all of how important this is and the impact non-compliance can have:

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Topics: orthodontic practice management, sterilization, Andrea Cook, orthodontic education, CDC compliance, reminders

Reduce Cross Contamination in the Orthdontic Office

Posted by Shelby Kruse on Nov 21, 2011 11:43:00 AM

by Andrea Cook

With cold and flu season here and your patient flow increasing, I encourage doctors and all team members to review their personal protection and disinfection procedures to reduce cross contamination in the orthodontic office. Many clinical team members and treatment coordinators are not aware of the disinfection procedures that must happen in between patients and the proper way to accomplish this. Disinfection procedures are not limited to the clinical areas.

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Topics: sterilization, Andrea Cook, Consultants, tips, cross contanimation

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