Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the GDP. Part II: implications for GDPs

Li, R. W. K., Leung, K. W. C., Sun, F. C. S. and Samaranayake, L. P. (2004) Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the GDP. Part II: implications for GDPs. British Dental Journal, 197 3: 130-134. doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.4811522


Author Li, R. W. K.
Leung, K. W. C.
Sun, F. C. S.
Samaranayake, L. P.
Title Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the GDP. Part II: implications for GDPs
Journal name British Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-0610
1476-5373
Publication date 2004-08-14
Year available 2004
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1038/sj.bdj.4811522
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 197
Issue 3
Start page 130
End page 134
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Abstract The transmission modes of SARS-coronavirus appear to be through droplet spread, close contact and fomites although air borne transmission has not been ruled out. This clearly places dental personnel at risks as they work in close proximity to their patients employing droplet and aerosol generating procedures. Although the principle of universal precautions is widely advocated and followed throughout the dental community, additional precautionary measures - termed standard precaution may be necessary to help control the spread of this highly contagious disease. Patient assessment should include questions on recent travel to SARS infected areas and, contacts of patients, fever and symptoms of respiratory infections. Special management protocols and modified measures that regulate droplet and aerosol contamination in a dental setting have to be introduced and may include the reduction or avoidance of droplet/aerosol generation, the disinfection of the treatment field, application of rubber dam, pre-procedural antiseptic mouthrinse and the dilution and efficient removal of contaminated ambient air. The gag, cough or vomiting reflexes that lead to the generation of aerosols should also be prevented.
Keyword Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
DENTISTRY, ORAL SURGERY & MEDICINE
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Dentistry Publications
 
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