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Coronavirus – Updates and information for dental hygienists

February 5, 2020

Coronavirus – Updates and information for dental hygienists

CDHA is actively reviewing and assessing relevant information for dental hygienists related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection. Check back for additional information as the situation evolves.

Outbreak update
Refer to the Government of Canada for the latest on the current situation and the risk to Canadians.

Guidance for health professionals
Refer to the Government of Canada’s updates on what health professionals need to know about coronaviruses, the spectrum of illness, transmission, detection and reporting, infection prevention and control, and treatment. Health professionals in Canada have a critical role to play in identifying, reporting and managing potential cases of novel coronavirus infection.

Quick reference for dental hygienists
This checklist specifies CDHA guidance on office protocols to help minimize the transmission of the coronavirus in dental hygiene practice settings.

World Health Organization – Coronavirus

Provincial or territorial resources
Additional information about the evolving situation may be found on your province’s or territory’s government website.

Office protocols to help minimize the transmission of the coronavirus in dental hygiene practice settings

  • Screen clients prior to their appointments, both when confirming and in-office
  • Ask whether they have travelled or been in contact with someone who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 21 days
  • Remind clients that if they have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, they should cancel their appointments and see a medical professional
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and encourage its use by all clients upon arrival
  • Enforce standard infection control protocols including use of safety glasses, masks, proper hand hygiene, and use of gown when aerosols will be created

CDHA will continue to provide updates as they are available.

Contact CDHA Dental Hygiene Practice:
Juliana Jackson, CDHA manager of policy, research and government relations at jjackson@cdha.ca or 1-800-267-5235 x123.