Dentists can further reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 in their practices by adjusting one tool: dental drills. A recent study found that changing how dentists use drills can limit the spread of aerosol particles in a room — hugely significant in the age of coronavirus.
The Joint Commission's seven patient safety goals it says should be the prioritized by hospitals in the coming year.
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is serious and deadly, but good oral healthcare can substantially reduce the likelihood that individuals connected to a mechanical ventilator contract VAP.
Due to high COVID-19 rates in nursing homes, CMS says it will increase enforcement for facilities with persistent infection control violations and impose enforcement actions for lower level infection control deficiencies.