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