Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. At Platinum Dental Surgery, we care about your safety and work hard to prevent the spread of infection. Have you read Symptoms and How to protect yourself and Others From CoronaVirus ?
Reports in the media about the coronavirus can be overwhelming, your well-being is important to us as a dental office that’s why we are instituting strict infection control procedures. Though information is changing daily, Authorities agree that the number of confirmed cases and people in isolation will continue to increase, so it is important to prepare for potential impact on your practice. Preparation is key!
We now have confirmed the highest number of cases of COVID-19 in Lagos state we encourage individuals in our state to self-isolate as a precautionary measure.
Steps taking by our dental office in support of the Nigerian center of disease control and the Lagos state government are
- Performing hand hygiene; Provision of hand sanitizers and proper hand washing and drying before entry into the dental operatory
- Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette infection control measures, such as, providing tissues and bins for proper disposal of such contaminated materials, and offering face masks to patients who are coughing.
- Before each patient enters the operatory, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. We cover some parts of our dental equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
- Latex gloves and protective goggles are given to each patient before entry into the operatory
- Our dental office would postpone all elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits
- We would Reschedule patients who are feeling ill, or believe they have been exposed to one of the many viruses/illnesses that are going around (including COVID-19 or the flu),
- The use of personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks, gowns, and eyewear is used routinely. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused.
- We encourage sick employees to stay home.
- The NCDC has updated guidance on deciding when a patient should be referred for testing which includes “any persons, who have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset, or a history of travel from affected geographic areaswithin 14 days of symptom onset