Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m.
CE Credits: Category 2 – 2 CE Credits
Presenter: Dr. John Hardie
The premise of this presentation is, that as it is presently practiced, Dental IPAC is not fit for purpose. The argument in support of that conclusion will be made through a series of discussions beginning with, how infectious diseases are transmitted, the implausibility of asymptomatic transmission and a critique of COVID-19 policies. This will be followed by a realistic assessment of infectious disease transmission in dentistry, the limitations of instrument reprocessing procedures and the questionable effectiveness of IPAC checklists and inspections based on recently acquired Freedom of Information data. The role of aerobiology in the transmission of infectious diseases in conjunction with new studies, will address the efficacy of masks. Finally, it will be suggested that dentists ought to have an essential role in deciding on realistic and justifiable IPAC policies and procedures that are fit for purpose in their practices.