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May 15, 2020

The HPSC (HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre) in Ireland has published guidance on Managing Infection Related Risks in Dental Services in the Context of the COVID-19 Emergency. View here.

 

May 11, 2020

With the aim of informing and assisting our many local and international Fellows, Members, Diplomates and Affiliates as they serve their patients in this challenging time, we would like to bring the recently published Recommendations for the re-opening of dental services: a rapid review of international sources to your attention.

The document can be found here. It was published on 6th May 2020 by the UK-based COVID-19 Dental Services Evidence Review (CoDER) Working Group, led by Professor Jan Clarkson.

As always, we would like to remember, and pay tribute to the leadership, contributions and sacrifices of our frontline workers all around the world in this challenging time. 

Best wishes to you all from the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI.

 

April 2, 2020

The UK Government and NHS leaders have published new guidance about PPE. The latest documents are provided below.

Recommended PPE for Healthcare Workers

PPE for Primary Outpatient and Community Care

 

April 2, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released dental-specific recommendations on Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance during the COVID-19 Response. These recommendations are available to view here.

 

March 31, 2020

The SDCEP has developed a guide for the Management of Acute Dental Problems During COVID-19 Pandemic.

This guide, based on the SDCEP Emergency Dental Care and Management of Acute Dental Problems guidance publications, describes modified management of commonly presenting oral conditions for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to encourage a consistent approach to the management of acute dental problems, while recognising the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presents for provision of dental care. It can be used in conjunction with health board or other local procedures that have been established for managing patients based on their COVID-19 status.

 

March 27, 2020

Reflecting the core mission of the Faculty of Dentistry, which is to advance the science, art and practice of dentistry by the promotion of education, study and research, we present a curated summary of the current advice of the Chief Dental Officers of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

The purpose of this summary is to inform and assist our many local and international Fellows, Members, Diplomates and Affiliates as they serve their patients in this challenging time.

We think of healthcare workers all around the world and their sacrifices, selflessness, leadership and heroism in the face of significant adversity.

The attached document and supporting information are subject to change as further guidance emerges but are up-to-date as of midnight on 26/3/20.

We recommend you visit the relevant sites for future updates.

Best wishes to you all from the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI.

View Document Summary of CDO guidance Covid-19

  • Guidance from the Chief Dental Officer Ireland
  • Guidance from the Chief Dental Officer Northern Ireland
  • Guidance from the Chief Dental Officer England
  • Guidance from the Chief Dental Officer Scotland
  • Guidance from the Chief Dental Officer Wales

 

March 15, 2020

The Faculty of Dentistry RCSI would like to take this opportunity to communicate with our many colleagues in Ireland and the rest of the world, to draw your attention to two pieces of information which some of you may find helpful in relation to key facts and information, on protecting your patient and yourselves and to minimise the risks of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in a healthcare environment. We think you may find some of the information useful to help you with some pertinent aspects of your clinical practice.  

  • The International Association of Dental Research (IADR) open resource paper entitled “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)  Emerging and Future Challenges for Dental and Oral Medicine” This is a contemporaneous and fascinating account of many aspects of the Coronavirus and the challenges clinicians and researchers in Wuhan faced at the first epic centre of the virus, drawing in particular to the attention of dental professionals, that “Due to the characteristics of dental settings, the risk of cross infection may be high between dental practitioners and patients”  

Good luck to you all from everyone at the Faculty of Dentistry RCSI.