Dental Care During COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidelines for Teaching Hospital OPDs

Fariha Irfan                       BDS

Javeria Ali Khan              BDS, FCPS

Batool Ali                            BDS, FCPS

Kashif Aslam                     BDS, MSc

Arshad Hasan                   BDS, FCPS

Anwar Ali                           BDS FDSRCS

Amynah Charania         BDS M.Phil

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a worldwide cessation of routine dental care. Owing to the proximity to the source of disease, dental professionals and allied health care workers are extremely prone to infection from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Dental OPDs are at a high risk because of the presence of multiple factors including proximity of dental units in an OPD, requirement of strict cross infection control, skill of the operator to prevent breach in infection control which altogether increase the chances of acquiring and community dissemination of this virus. This paper thus provide guidelines for opening ODPs associated with Teaching Dental Hospitals keeping in mind this unique nature of workplace.
KEYWORDS: COVID 19, Dentistry, Practice Guidelines, Teaching Dental Hospital
HOW TO CITE: Irfan F, Khan JA, Ali B, Aslam K, Hasan A, Ali A, Charania A. Dental care during COVID-19 pandemic: Guidelines for teaching hospital OPDs. J Pak Dent Assoc 2020;29(S):S43-52.
Received: 06 May 2020, Accepted: 19 June 2020

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