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The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is looking to expand the reach of an annual campaign. (Photo: www.sxc.hu)

OSAP increases commitment to support Dental Infection Control Awareness Month

By Dental Tribune USA
September 01, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga., USA: The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is ramping up its efforts to support Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (DICAM) in September. DICAM was introduced as an annual observance of the “Safest Dental Visit” to help clinicians and infection control coordinators promote a safe, professional environment, encourage patient dialogue, attract new patients and enhance the overall image of their practice.

Andy Whitehead, OSAP’s interim executive director, says this year’s goal is to take safety viral. “We want to take our participation in DICAM to a whole new level,” Whitehead said. “It’s critical that we continue to support dental teams, clinicians and infection control coordinators as they work diligently to address current and emerging threats and stay up-to-date on complex policies and guidelines.”

During DICAM 2018, new members are offered a special, discounted annual online membership for $20.18, which includes access to the DICAM materials, a weekly infection control news roundup and six patient engagement tools throughout the year. Support materials and resources for DICAM are available on the OSAP website at OSAP.org/DICAM for members of the organization.

Dental practices, educators, consultants and those in the dental trade are encouraged to “Take Safety Viral” by posting infection control best practices, success stories or selfies on social media and joining the conversation using the hashtag #DICAM18.

“OSAP helps dental practices across the country educate and train staff and promote a culture of safety. By welcoming new members to the OSAP community during DICAM this year, we hope to ensure that safety really does go viral—and not just during September,” Whitehead said.

Dental practitioners, including infection control coordinators, the dental trade, educators, consultants and other interested parties are encouraged to visit www.osap.org to join OSAP and to stay up-to-date on the latest resources and educational opportunities to help ensure the “Safest Dental Visit.”

(Source: OSAP)

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