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Infection control

Learn more about infection management in dental practices and infection control procedures in the healthcare area.

U.S. dental practices lack bloodborne pathogen exposure control plans Jun 29, 2017 | News Americas

U.S. dental practices lack bloodborne pathogen exposure control plans

ATLANTA, USA: Findings from a web-based survey have shown that over a quarter of private dental practices that participated did not have a written site-specific bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan (ECP). The study was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and is one of the first to examine the extent of awareness of and compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration bloodborne ...

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Bristol researchers receive funding for super-chlorhexidine May 12, 2016 | News UK & Ireland

Bristol researchers receive funding for super-chlorhexidine

BRISTOL, UK: A University of Bristol spin-off has been awarded almost £1 million to bring a new technology to the market that could help to fight infections ...

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Dentistry joins fight against antibacterial resistance Nov 23, 2015 | News UK & Ireland

Dentistry joins fight against antibacterial resistance

LONDON, UK: International organisations have recently declared the overuse of antibiotics one of the greatest threats to public health in the years to ...

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Researchers develop new coating to prevent dental implant infections Nov 6, 2015 | News Europe

Researchers develop new coating to prevent dental implant infections

BREMEN, Germany: One million dental implants are placed every year in Germany, and often they fail owing to issues such as tissue infections caused by ...

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Ebola outbreak heightens infection control awareness Sep 15, 2014 | News USA

Ebola outbreak heightens infection control awareness

Twenty-two years ago, a seminal report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the U.S., titled “Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States,” warned of the dangers of newly emerging and re-emerging diseases. The concept of “emerging infectious diseases,” introduced then by the IOM, is now well entrenched, and to our chagrin we have witnessed many such diseases over the past two decades.

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Scientific society introduces guidelines for addressing biofilm infections Sep 4, 2015 | News Europe

Scientific society introduces guidelines for addressing biofilm infections

BASEL, Switzerland: The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) has published the first clinical guidelines aimed at preventing build-up of dangerous biofilm. The ESCMID’s Study Group for Biofilms (ESGB) further called for stronger collaboration between anti-bacterial researchers and the pharmaceutical and medical device industry in order to address increasing health risks posed by biofilms.

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ISDH 2016 in Basel: Registration for dental hygiene symposium now open  Sep 3, 2015 | News Europe

ISDH 2016 in Basel: Registration for dental hygiene symposium now open

SURSEE, Switzerland: From 23 to 25 June next year, professionals from all over the world with an interest in oral health are expected to attend the 2016 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Basel. Registration for the event, which will be held at the Messe Basel exhibition centre, is already open, with considerable discounts for early registration.

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Study finds varying disinfection protocols of endodontists and general dentists Jul 14, 2015 | News Europe

Study finds varying disinfection protocols of endodontists and general dentists

MADRID, Spain: A team of researchers from the department of endodontics at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid has conducted a study to determine whether ...

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Malmö University receives funding for research on tooth and implant infections Jul 6, 2015 | News Nordic

Malmö University receives funding for research on tooth and implant infections

MALMÖ, Sweden: A research project on chronic oral infections, led by Prof. Gunnel Svensäter from Malmö University, has been awarded a grant of SEK12 ...

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New technology improves treatment and prevention of bacterial infection Jun 25, 2015 | News United Kingdom

New technology improves treatment and prevention of bacterial infection

BRISTOL, UK: Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a new technology that could increase protection against anti-bacterial and anti-fungal infection for weeks, months or even years. The new antimicrobial formulation is likely to have a significant impact across a number of areas, including dentistry, where one in seven composite fillings fail within seven years and 86 per cent of these failures are caused by bacterial infection.

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Infection control in an era of emerging infectious diseases Apr 17, 2015 | Clinical Dental Hygiene

Infection control in an era of emerging infectious diseases

More than three decades have passed since the emergence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as a global pandemic. More than any other infection, it is possible to single out HIV as the primary stimulus for changing infection control practices in dentistry. Prior to the mid-1980s, it was uncommon for dentists and allied professionals to wear gloves during routine dental procedures.

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Brush head design determines bacterial growth on toothbrushes Sep 3, 2014 | News Americas

Brush head design determines bacterial growth on toothbrushes

HOUSTON, Texas, USA: Improper disinfection and storage of toothbrushes can increase the likelihood of the transmission of microorganisms. Now, researchers from the U.S. have found that even the design of toothbrushes can contribute to cross-contamination. In a comparative study of electric toothbrushes with different brush head designs, they found that toothbrushes with a solid head retained less bacteria compared with hollow-head electric toothbrushes.

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Hepatitis kills almost 1.4 million people every year Jul 28, 2014 | News Europe

Hepatitis kills almost 1.4 million people every year

GENEVA, Switzerland: Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners around the world are celebrating World Hepatitis Day, an initiative to ...

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Infection control group launches social media campaign Jun 19, 2014 | News Americas

Infection control group launches social media campaign

OXNARD, Calif., USA: Together with DUX Dental, a global manufacturer and distributor of dental products, a group of U.S. dentists, hygienists and dental ...

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The world is very small Jun 16, 2014 | Clinical Dental Hygiene

The world is very small

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a respiratory condition associated with a specific strain of coronavirus called MERS-CoV. The clinical scenario ...

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