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Covid And Beyond - A New Standard Of Care

As we begin a new era in infection control, the Center for Disease Control has started the process of setting up new guidelines to keep you as the patient and us as the dental team safe. The guidelines, however, keep being modified as the medical community and scientists find out more about how this nasty virus behaves. As these procedures and guidelines evolve, we understand the goal is to mitigate risks, as well as prepare for any other devastating diseases that may happen in the future. As these guidelines and procedures change, we will be sure to keep you and all our patients informed.

We have worked hard to stay on top of things in this uncertain environment and go beyond the new standard of care, as we always have done. The AIDS epidemic of the 90's caused the CDC to develop very stringent guidelines for blood-borne pathogens, which have proven effective in medical and dental environments. The CDC is in the process now of developing and recommending similarly stringent guidelines for aerosol- borne pathogens such as the COVID 19 virus. Going forward, we do anticipate that this will become the ‘new normal’ in dental care to protect both our patients and our team. While this will require extra measures for safety, we are prepared and are already implementing many of the anticipated protocols, as well as establishing extra procedures to meet this new reality.

In public spaces all over the country and the world, the past 2 months have seen many changes on how we are now allowed to interact with each other. We still can't go into a restaurant for a sit-down meal, or even sit down in a coffee shop for a cup of coffee. Grocery shopping has been an adventure, as well.

Many things have also changed literally overnight in the medical and dental professions, in terms of how we now interact with and treat our patients. Thankfully, the extra steps we already take in our office to meet a higher level of care have better prepared us for adapting to these events. Because of this, we have resumed our office’s full-time schedule. This includes our hygiene department.

In light of this emerging crisis, and being guided by the CDC, the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, Mercy Regional Medical Center, and the San Juan Basin Health Department, here are the changes you will see in our office as we move forward in this new normal:
What you will not see is how we disinfect the office, including anything you may touch such as door handles, pens, restroom, etc. You will not see how we “fog” and disinfect the dental operatory before you come in, and after you have left. You will probably not see how we process and sterilize the instruments, or how thoroughly we disinfect everything from the hoses to the keyboards of the computers. You will never see how we monitor our sterilizers for effective sterilization of the instruments and handpieces. You will never see the rigorous training my team goes through, as a new employee or during our yearly official training program. You will never see the discussions we have about emerging science, and changes in the standard of care in our monthly meetings and since recently, our daily morning huddles. And you will never see how much time we really put into keeping you safe by thoroughly researching articles and identifying what leading offices and hospitals are doing across the nation.

What we do hope you have noticed is the dedication that our team has to you, our patients. They have been there and at the ready, every day since this crisis started. I am very proud of this team, who have consistently put our patients first as we stayed open seeing emergencies when other offices were closed, and to help relieve Mercy Regional Medical Center's emergency room by being on-call for their dental emergencies

Going beyond the standard of care. Keeping you safe and keeping ourselves safe. This is what first responders do!

We are proud to do this for you, our patients, and for our community.



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