|As dental offices get back to business in the new normal, the CDC Guidance states that, whenever possible, Dental Healthcare Practitioners (DHCPs) remain with one patient until the procedure is complete and minimize the practice of exiting and re-entering the operatory in order to provide dental care in parallel to multiple patients seated in different operatories.
The CDC Guidance also states that each time the DHCP enters or exits the operatory, he or she should doff or don PPE, which includes replacing gloves, gowns and protective clothing, swapping out or wiping down eye protection, discarding surgical masks or respirators, and performing hand hygiene.
How can dentists’ practice in the "new normal", follow the CDC’s infection control guidelines, and maintain productivity and patient volume?
The answer is Seat, Treat & Complete.
What is Seat, Treat & Complete?
Seat the patient, administer local anesthetic, go right to work, complete the procedure, exit the operatory.
Seat, Treat & Complete; what is it and how will it help my practice?
Q: What is Seat, Treat & Complete?
A: The Seat, Treat & Complete protocol means seating the patient, administering buffered anesthetic, going right to work, completing the procedure, and exiting the operatory.
Q: Under Seat, Treat & Complete, when do I conduct hygiene exams?
A: Hygiene checks occur between procedures, after the dentist has completed the procedure in one operatory, before the dentist enters the next operatory.
Q: What are the most important benefits of Seat, Treat & Complete for the dental practice:
A: The three most important benefits are:
1) Seat, Treat & Complete using Onset reducing treatment time in the operatory by 25%-30% per procedure.
2) Seat, Treat & Complete also cuts in half the cross-contamination events to which the dentist, patients, and staff are exposed on a daily basis.
How does Onset make Seat, Treat & Complete possible?By buffering with Onset, you reduce your anesthetic wait time. This lets you give the injection, go to work and complete the procedure without ever leaving the operatory.
How does Onset help reduce PPE consumption?CDC guidelines state that DHCP’s should don and doff their PPE upon each entry and exit of the operatory to reduce potential cross contamination risks. With Onset, you can administer your buffered local anesthetic and go right to work without ever leaving the operatory thereby reducing the amount of PPE consumed versus having to use new PPE with each entry/exit of the operatory.
How does Onset reduce potential cross contamination events?Each entry and exit uses an additional set of PPE and increases the risk for cross-contamination. Using Onset, you are able to give the injection and go right to work without leaving the operatory.
How does Onset help maintain patient volume?Buffering with Onset greatly improves anesthetic wait time, thus total operatory time for each procedure can be reduced by 25-30%, allowing for consistent patient volume.
A to Z: How to adopt Onset in your practice to Seat, Treat & Complete, one patient at a time.Watch our exclusive webinar to hear from Dr. Mic Falkel, Co-Founder and CMO of Onpharma, and Cindy Ishimoto, named a leader in consulting by Dentistry Today from 2006-2020, as they have an open conversation about re-opening your practice and how best to adhere to CDC recommendations to stay in the operatory once you don your PPE.
| 1. COCA Presentation, Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response,https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2020/callinfo_060320.asp, accessed 6-8-20.
2. Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response, https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2020/callinfo_060320.asp, accessed 6-8-20.
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