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Frequently Asked Questions - Infection Prevention and Control

Does the College have any document that addresses the issue of infection prevention and control in the dental office? Is there specific training required for OHCWs? When should hand hygiene be performed? How should hand hygiene be performed? Can OHCW wear jewelry and/or nail polish? How do we manage a significant exposure to blood (e.g. needle-stick injury)? Is there a specific way to organize a reprocessing area? What type of sterilizer should be used? Do dentists need to sterilize handpieces between patients? How do we evaluate the sterilizing conditions and the effectiveness of sterilization procedures? What is a process challenge device? What types of finishes should be used for surfaces and furniture in the dental office? How should blood and body fluid spills be cleaned? How should injectables be handled?