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Engle Dental to Produce and Donate Protective Face Masks to Local Healthcare Community

Posted on April 2, 2020

Engle Dental, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of dental operatory equipment, announced today that it has transformed the upholstery department at its production facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, to immediately begin producing face masks for first responders and healthcare workers battling coronavirus (COVID-19).

“I spoke to my sister-in-law who works at a hospital in Oregon and has used the same one time use mask for more than three days,” said Jason Rebitzke, General Manager at Engle. “I knew that this was a problem we could help with. At Engle, we have our own in-house upholstery department and decided to use our resources to make masks for the healthcare workers who so desperately need them.”

All donations will be delivered directly to local healthcare facilities in need.

About Engle:

For the past 50 years, Engle has built its reputation on quality, ingenuity, and integrity. With industry-leading engineering and customer service that dentists rely on, Engle products are American-made, designed and manufactured in Hillsboro, Oregon. Engle Dental is the only company that makes the fully programmable, 10.25″ forward/backward hydraulic Traverse Chair™. In addition to its space-saving design, the patented traverse feature allows for unparalleled ergonomics and easy dental team access. For more information on Engle Dental Systems, please visit www.engledental.com







Teledentistry Leader MouthWatch Appoints TeleDent™ COVID-19 Advisory Board

Posted on April 2, 2020

Advisors Will Provide Guidance on Teledentistry-Delivered Urgent Care and Expanding Teledentistry Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic

MouthWatch, LLC recently announced the formation of a TeleDent COVID-19 Advisory Board. This group of teledentistry thought leaders will help MouthWatch develop best practice protocols for implementing teledentistry in the new reality of urgent care only. The team will also assist the company with creating very timely teledentistry-focused education and training materials. Topics covered will include the following:

·       Establishing Oral Triage Protocols

·       Implementing Proper Coding

·       Coordinating Dental Team Participation

·       Developing Virtual Workflows

·       Conducting Live Consultations

·       Explaining Legal & Regulatory Parameters

According to MouthWatch CEO and Founder, Brant Herman, “Many care providers are trying to figure out how to properly implement teledentistry so they can deliver urgent patient care. Our goal is to fill this information gap and to also ensure that teledentistry adoption and utilization continues long after the pandemic is over. I’m confident that we have the right advisory board in place to help us achieve these goals.”

The TeleDent COVID-19 Advisory Board consists of the following teledentistry thought leaders:

Margaret Scarlett DMD is an infectious and chronic disease prevention specialist, dentist and author.  For thirty years, Dr. Scarlett has provided expert guidance on infectious diseases and infection control as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, the American Red Cross and many consumer health companies.

Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA: Dr. Glassman is the founder of the Virtual Dental Home Program, whereby he and his team at the University of the Pacific developed a more efficient way to connect patients to dental care through the combination of technology and innovation. This care-delivery model, combined with his efforts in education, in supporting legislative changes that support teledentistry and improve access to care have helped create a landscape where more and more programs and providers are interested in teledentistry and the opportunities it creates.

Dr. Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, FSCD, is an assistant Professor and Director of Teledentistry at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.  He has a strong background in mobile dentistry and innovative care models focused on teledentistry and public health. Dr. Howell developed imaging protocols to implement comprehensive teledentistry assessments and continues to contribute innovative care delivery programs to the ATSU curriculum and dental students.

Scott H. Froum, DDS is a Board-certified periodontist and a clinical associate professor at SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Periodontics. He is also chief editor of the Perio-Implant Advisory. Dr. Froum has lectured on the national and international level on implant therapy, bone and gum regeneration, and complications. Dr. Froum recently began using teledentistry in his New York City practice to provide his patients with emergency care services.

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS believes dentistry is no longer just about fixing teeth; dentistry is oral medicine and it’s time we got around to truly practicing it. Patti’s specialty is medically necessary coding. Her efforts have assisted thousands of professionals to code more accurately and efficiently. The American Dental Association recognized her expertise by inviting her to write a chapter in its CDT 2017 Companion book and again for CDT 2018 Companion. Patti holds publishing and speaking licenses with ADA for Current Dental Terminology©2020. She is a strong advocate of teledentistry and is the co-author of Teledentistry: Pathway to Prosperity, Critical Choices.

Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH, has been a dental clinician since 2000 and is currently a practicing hygienist, speaker, writer, content developer, consultant, and podcast cohost for A Tale of Two Hygienists. With a master's degree in dental hygiene education and a belief in lifelong learning, she hopes to continue to learn and grow within the dental profession and one day see the gap bridged between medicine and dentistry.  Michelle currently uses teledentistry in her volunteer work with a dental clinic in South Carolina.

The dental community will soon be able to gain a deeper understanding of how to use teledentistry during the coronavirus epidemic thanks to white papers, guest blogs, webinars, e-books and articles that will be developed in close collaboration with the TeleDent COVID-19 Advisory Board. In the meantime, visit www.mouthwatch.com for more information.

About MouthWatch LLC

Headquartered in Metuchen, New Jersey, MouthWatch, LLC is a leader in innovative clinician-focused teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices. The company is dedicated to finding new ways to constantly improve the dental health experience for both patient and provider.  The founders and management team of MouthWatch have relevant backgrounds and successful track records in dentistry, consumer products and communications. Since 2012, this team has pioneered the integration of digital imagery and communications technology in the field of dentistry. Their cumulative experience makes it possible for the company to take the lead in introducing the benefits of telemedicine to the world of dentistry. For more information, visit www.MouthWatch.com .







ADA Urges Dentists to Heed April 30 Interim Postponement Recommendation, Maintain Focus on Urgent and Emergency Dental Care Only

Posted on April 2, 2020

The current American Dental Association (ADA) recommendation for dentists to keep their offices closed to all but emergency care expires on April 6. The new interim recommendation from the ADA is that dentists keep their offices closed to all but urgent and emergency procedures until April 30 at the earliest.

The rate of COVID-19 transmissions is on the rise in most states. The new interim ADA recommendation is in keeping with the recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to perform only emergency or urgent dental care until April 30, 2020 and must be taken seriously by all dental professionals. The ADA believes individual dentists should exercise professional judgment and carefully consider the risks outlined in the ADA’s interim guidance and weigh those risks against any possible benefit to the patient, the practice employees, the community at large, and the practitioner. Critically important is the availability of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize any risk of transmission during emergency and urgent care. Due to the proximity of individuals during dental procedures, and the generation of aerosols, dentists, staff and patients are at high risk of transmission.

The ADA also recognizes that existing and future local or state government mandates supersede ADA recommendations. In addition, state dental associations may best understand local challenges being faced and make recommendations appropriate to members in their areas.

The PPE required to reduce the risk of transmission during dental treatment to its lowest levels (as noted in algorithm 3), are scarce. Asymptomatic patients cannot be assumed to be COVID-19 free. As of March 31, point of care tests exist, but are extremely difficult to obtain. Unless point of care tests are readily available to the dental practice, no one can be assured that they are treating a non-infected individual. The safety of their patients, staff and themselves should be foremost when dentists exercise their professional judgment, and information regarding the relative risks is available from the ADA, via the Interim Guidance, to assist in making those decisions.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org







ADA Signs on to Joint Commission Statement on the Shortages of Critical Medical Equipment

Posted on April 2, 2020

As organizations that represent or collaborate with individuals and institutions at the forefront of delivering health care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are vitally concerned with the shortages of masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, swab kits, and testing capacity that are critically needed by frontline caregivers and patients. In the most affected areas, hospitals, other healthcare delivery organizations, physicians, dentists and other caregivers need help now. Many others will need the same help in the coming weeks.

PPE is needed immediately to protect the caregivers who are risking their own health to care for patients in the most need. Shortages of ventilators and intensive care facilities threaten the lives of the sickest patients.

We strongly support emergency efforts at the federal level to dramatically increase the production and distribution of PPE and other necessary medical equipment and supplies. We also support the availability of telehealth services during this time to use less PPE while preventing the spread of infection.

We must all work immediately to remove any impediments anywhere in the supply chain and come together at the federal, state, and local levels to develop an approach for a fair, equitable, and swift distribution across the nation that is based upon evidence of the most need.

The following organizations signed on to this Joint Commission statement:

     • American College of Physicians

     • American College of Surgeons

     • American Dental Association

     • American Hospital Association

     • American Medical Association

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org

 

 







New York State Dental Association Coordinates Personal Protection Equipment Donations

Posted on April 2, 2020

The New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) is working directly with emergency management leaders across the state to coordinate efforts to collect donated personal protection equipment (PPE). In the first week, dentists across the state have generously donated 320 n95 and level 3 surgical masks, 18,370 level 1 and 2 masks, 858 boxes of gloves, 126 eye shields, 184 gowns, and a number of containers of Caviwipes and hand sanitizer. In addition to NYSDA's efforts, the local dental societies have organized regional drives to collect PPE donations for hospitals in need." data-reactid="12" type="text"> The New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) is working directly with emergency management leaders across the state to coordinate efforts to collect donated personal protection equipment (PPE). In the first week, dentists across the state have generously donated 320 n95 and level 3 surgical masks, 18,370 level 1 and 2 masks, 858 boxes of gloves, 126 eye shields, 184 gowns, and a number of containers of Caviwipes and hand sanitizer. In addition to NYSDA's efforts, the local dental societies have organized regional drives to collect PPE donations for hospitals in need.

"A dentist's first priority is always to help the public. Even as dentists are deemed essential for emergency procedures, and must still have an adequate inventory of PPE to provide patient care, they are donating supplies for front-line healthcare workers across the state. They will continue to help the public in this time of uncertainty and need," said Dr. Payam Goudarzi, DDS, President of the New York State Dental Association.

Inventory may be donated using the donation form found at nysdental.org/ppedonations. Once submitted, donors will be contacted directly in that region with drop off instructions."

The New York State Dental Association, founded in 1868, is one of the largest state constituents of the American Dental Association and represents more than 70 percent of dentists practicing in New York State.

Founded in 1859, the American Dental Association is the oldest and largest national dental society in the world and serves as the leading source of oral health-related information for dentists and their patients.

 

 

 







Coltene SciCan Launches COVID-19 Information Resource Webpage

Posted on April 1, 2020

As your infection control specialist, Coltene SciCan remains committed to providing solutions and sharing knowledge to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

That’s why we have launched a dedicated web page, www.scican.com/corona-virus-resources containing articles on surface disinfection, information on maintaining your stericenter equipment during office closures as well as resources and links to assist healthcare professionals in managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we are learning new things about this disease everyday, health authorities are clear on what it is and that the infection control policies and procedures used by dental health professionals around the world are effective and continue to be one of the key strategies to contain the spread of contagion.

We are committed to serving our partners and clients in the ongoing effort to fight this disease and protect front-line dental health care professionals.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we will be updating this web page with the latest information.







A-dec Joins the Fight Against COVID-19

Posted on April 1, 2020

A-dec announced today that they are manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working to develop a variety of PPE products that are in critical need by health-care workers.

“For more than 55 years, A-dec has lived by the principle of prioritizing concern for people above all else.” said Scott Parrish, A-dec President and CEO. “As a family-owned, Newberg manufacturer, A-dec is proud to bring much-needed PPE to Oregon’s health-care workers. This is what we should be doing during this unprecedented time: working together to solve problems and take care of communities.”

In the wake of the COVID-19, A-dec launched programs and infection control resources to support health-care professionals practicing dentistry during the crisis. After being contacted by a local health-care worker from Legacy Health with a request for assistance, A-dec employees worked around the clock over a weekend to develop prototypes of needed supplies. Over the course of just over a week, we have converted several of our manufacturing areas to produce PPE for health and emergency responder systems in the local area.

While A-dec and our partners in healthcare have been able to mobilize our efforts, there is a prevalent shortage of the raw materials needed to make these products. We are calling on other product makers, suppliers, and organizations to come alongside us to support these efforts and reduce the continued risk exposure of workers and patients during this global emergency. To learn about how you can contribute, contact us directly at PR@a-dec.com.







GC America introduces: COEfect™ MinuteWipe & COEfect™ MinuteSpray One-Step Surface Disinfectant

Posted on April 1, 2020

GC America Inc. announced the launch of a new surface disinfectant wipe and spray in December 2016 with the launch of COEfect MinuteWipes & COEfect MinuteSpray respectively. These new products are specially formulated with a low-toxicity rating and will not damage common surfaces, instruments and/or equipment found in dental offices.

COEfect MinuteWipes can be used to effectively clean and disinfect a dental operatory, sterilization bay or other potentially contaminated areas in less time – when compared to other products that have longer “kill rates” or out-dated formulations. This “one step,” surface disinfectant features an ethanol-base, low-toxicity and pleasant “non fragrance” and has been laboratory tested and is EPA Registered (#88494-1) as an effective Bactericide, Virucide, Tuberculocide and Fungicide.  Additionally, the larger size (7”x 9”) and unique material (polyester nonwoven spunlace) combine to effectively spread the disinfectant solution and absorb excess bioburden – making it an added plus for infection control protocol. 

COEfect MinuteSpray can also be used to clean and disinfection contaminated surfaces, instruments and equipment within the dental operatory. This product also features an ethanol-base, low toxicity rating and has been laboratory tested and is EPA Registered (#88494-2) as an effective Bactericide, Virucide, Tuberculocide and Fungicide for one minute “kill time” of twenty-five (25) pathogens.  Used in combination with COEfectMinuteWipes or by itself (with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel), COEfect MinuteSpray can be used to effectively clean and disinfect and is ideal for any office infection control protocol.

Features & Benefits:

·      One Minute kill rate – improves efficiency with infection control protocol

·      Odor Free – no foul or strange odor for staff or patients to experience

·      Surface Compatible – will not harm or discolor most surfaces found in operatory

·      EPA Registered – as an approved Bactericide, Virucide, Tuberculocide and Fungicide for one minute “kill time” of twenty-five (25) pathogens.

·      Polyester Spunlace – “All new” material that provides an even spread of disinfection solution and absorbs excess bioburden.  No more “dripping wet” wipes that create a mess.

Kills the Following Microorganisms in One Minute:

Enveloped Viruses:                      Encapsulated Bacteria:

- Human Coronavirus                     - Klebsiella pneumoniae

- Human Hepatitis B Virus           Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria:

- Human Hepatitis C Virus               - Streptococcus auresus (MRSA)

- Herpes Simplex                              - Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)

- HIV-1, AIDS                               Gram Positive Bacteria:

- Influenza Virus Type A2                - Listeria monocytogenes

- RSV                                                 - Staphylococcus aureus

Large Non-Enveloped Viruses:    - Streptococcus pyogenes (Strep)

- Adenovirus                                   Gram Negative Bacteria:

- Human Rotavirus (strain WA)       - Acinetobacter baumanni

Small Non-Enveloped Viruses:   - Burkholderia cepacia

- Norovirus (Norwalk Disease)      - Campylobacter jejuni

- Poliovirus Serotype I                   - Pseudomonas aeruginosa

- Rhinovirus (Common Cold)        - Salmonella enterica

Mycobacterium:                           - Escherichia coll (E. coli)

- Mycobacterium bovis (TB)

COEfect MinuteWipes & COEfect MinuteSpray is intended for use in:

Hospitals & healthcare settings, including: Ambulances, Anesthesia, CAT Labs, CCU, Central Supply, Clinics, Dental Offices, Dialysis Clinics, Doctor's Offices, Emergency Rooms, (ER), Food Service and Food Prep Areas, Home Health Care, Hospices, Laboratory, Laundry Rooms, Long-Term Care Facilities, Newborn Nursery, Nursing Homes, Offices, Operating Rooms, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Physician's Offices, Ophthalmic Offices, Radiology, Recovery Room, Rehabilitation, Respiratory Therapy, Ultrasound, Transport Vehicles, Waiting Areas, X-Ray.

Critical Care Areas (CCU), Cardiac Care Units, Emergency Rooms (ER), Intensive Care Units (ICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Surgery, Surgical Prep and Surgical Recovery Units

 







Bankers Healthcare Group and Fund-Ex Solutions Group Actively Lending to Professionals and Small Businesses Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on April 1, 2020

BHG Offers 60 Days of No Payments on New Loans;

FSG Participates in Upcoming Government-Backed SBA Solutions

As business owners and professionals grapple with the current pandemic crisis, Bankers Healthcare Group, a leading provider of financial solutions for healthcare practitioners and other highly skilled professionals, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Fund-Ex Solutions Group, a non-bank SBA lender, are actively lending.

“We commend the healthcare practitioners and other professionals who are working long hours to help those in need and protect our communities,” said Al Crawford, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bankers Healthcare Group. “We want to provide the financing to help individuals and business owners through this crisis and give them peace of mind, so they can focus on what matters most. Both companies are working extended hours, and are focused on bringing solutions to clients, fast and hassle-free.”

To help borrowers during an already difficult time, BHG is offering no payments for 60 days on all new commercial and consumer loans. BHG’s no-touch lending program enables borrowers to apply for and secure funds without ever leaving their home; the process can be completed online and over the phone, with approval in 24 hours and funding in as few as three days.

FSG is one of just 14 non-bank lenders in the country, offering SBA 7(a) loans to assist small business owners. FSG is prepared to participate in the upcoming government-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other financial assistance programs. The PPP program was created to provide capital to impacted small businesses to meet ongoing expenses for payroll and other obligations. Businesses with less than 500 employees, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals are eligible.

For more information and to apply for financing, visit bankershealthcaregroup.com.

Together, BHG and FSG are actively supporting healthcare practitioners, highly skilled professionals, and small business owners throughout the country, aiming to fund as fast as possible with any type of loan solution to serve those in need. Both companies are working extended hours, 7-days a week to meet the increased demand for financing.

Subject to credit approval. Loan sizes and interest rates vary and are determined by applicant’s credit profile. Loans made or arranged pursuant to the California Financing Law, License No. 603-G493. Call for full program details. Deferred loan program not available in all states.

About Bankers Healthcare Group

Bankers Healthcare Group provides innovative, hassle-free financial solutions to licensed healthcare practitioners and other highly skilled professionals. Since 2001, BHG has provided more than $5 billion in financial solutions to thousands of satisfied customers nationwide. BHG is proud to maintain partnerships with leading healthcare industry associations, and is recognized regionally and nationally for innovation, continued growth, and being a best place to work. BHG is partially owned by Pinnacle Financial Partners. To learn more, visit bankershealthcaregroup.com, and follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

About Fund-Ex Solutions Group

Fund-Ex Solutions Group is one of 14 non-bank lenders offering the U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) Loan Guarantee Program to small businesses nationwide. By combining flexible solutions, a user-friendly process and the highest level of service, FSG strives to deliver an unmatched financing experience by leveraging technology and data systems to help facilitate applications as quickly as possible to turn a business opportunity into a reality. FSG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bankers Healthcare Group, a leading provider of financial solutions for licensed healthcare practitioners and other highly skilled professionals. To learn more about FSG, visit fundexsolutions.com.

 







Twice as Nice Uniforms Steps Up During COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on April 1, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to spread, there is increased concern over keeping our healthcare professionals safe and productive. To address these critical needs, Twice as Nice Uniforms (2AN) has converted its New Jersey based factory to exclusively produce personal protective gear such as face masks and protective gowns.

“Many in the dental and medical fields, as well as those on the front-lines of our communities, are not able to get masks and other protective gear, which is only adding to the pandemic crisis.” Says company founder, Debora Carrier, RDH. “This is one action we can take to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.”

Twice as Nice Uniforms is uniquely focused on creating infection control products for the healthcare industry. Its products have always provided safety, comfort and style, and include surgical caps, a specialized dental jacket, and many more items. View all products at https://twiceasniceuniforms.com.

For example, the company’s masks are made of 2AN’s 2-layer combination of an antimicrobial underlayer combined with a top protective fabric, which creates breathable, protective and comfortable coverage.

In addition, the company is donating its personal protective gear products to healthcare professionals. As part of this effort, Twice as Nice Uniforms has created a GoFundMe page to help cover some if its expenses for the production and shipment of its donated products. To make a donation, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/twice-an-nice-uniforms-covid19-masks.

“Masks and gowns are now being donated to individual healthcare providers and for small community needs,” explains Carrier. “To date, Twice as Nice Uniforms has produced and shipped several hundred donated masks, with the expectation to ship thousands more in the coming months.”

In addition to donated masks, 2AN is currently producing and selling large quantities of masks and gowns for institutional needs, including N95 gear. These materials are being sold at discount wholesale pricing. According to Carrier, “Our pricing is set at a level that enables 2AN to keep the factory running, as well as paying our workers fairly and most importantly, providing working conditions that are as safe as possible.”

About Twice as Nice Uniforms and Founder Debora Carrier, RDH

Twice as Nice Uniforms was founded in 2014 when registered dental hygienist Debora Carrier developed and patented temperature regulating, moisture wicking, antimicrobial uniforms. Debora combined her 30+ years of dental hygiene experience with her background as a fashion model and worked with industry experts to create a new stylish, technologically advanced approach to medical and dental apparel that is safe, professional, and comfortable.

In 2019, Twice as Nice Uniforms launched the Twice the Life program to donate gently used uniforms to dental mission trips.

Debora’s goal with Twice as Nice Uniforms is “Bringing Comfort to those who Comfort Others.” She strives to make the daily life of fellow healthcare providers more comfortable and safer by providing high quality, temperature regulating, protective, professional looking uniforms.







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