Hu-Friedy is announcing several resources to provide dental practitioners with knowledge and best practices on infection prevention in light of the recent infection control breaches in dental offices.
Taking a leadership position that is focused on education, the company has engaged with its network of Key Opinion Leaders to create content highlighting optimal protocols and best practices. The company is also using its social media platforms, as well as webinar vehicles to deliver information. Since introducing the Instrument Management System (IMS®) nearly 30 years ago, Hu-Friedy has shown an ongoing commitment to innovate and transform infectionpreventionprotocols through the release of products that improve patient and staff safety, maximize office efficiency and protect instruments from breakage.
The resources released consist of:
A landing page on Hu-Friedy.com containing links to various infection prevention resources. The landing page can be found at http://www.hu-friedy.com/education/infection-prevention-resources
Hu- Friedy worked with Dr. John Molinari on a new educational piece, “Infection Control Procedures – Addressing Patient Concerns.” The article touches on how practices can prepare for the questions likely to be asked by patients. The article can be found at http://www.hu-friedy.com/content/infection-control-news-%E2%80%93-how-address-patient-safety-concerns
Hu-Friedy is leading a “Guidelines and Recommendations for Instrument Processing and Infection Prevention” Course at the Oklahoma Dental Foundation Meeting held on April 27th from 2 – 5 pm. This 3 CE credit course will focus on infection control procedures and best practices in the dental setting in accordance with CDC guidelines. Participants will learn strategies to assist with maximizing safety and efficiency from instrument processing to chairside. For more information, visit http://www.hu-friedy.com/content/infection-prevention-practice
On April 12th, Hu-Friedy produced webinars with Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA on Infection Prevention. These webinarsaddressed the recent breaches and reviewed a checklist of protocols that every dental practice needs to follow in order to be in compliance with CDC guidelines. Course participants were able to learn the difference between OSHA regulations and CDC guidelines, identified procedures and protocols that may need updating and answered patient questions regarding infection prevention. A recording of the webinar is available at: https://events-na8.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1120425868/en/events/event/shared/1130315930/event_registration.html?sco-id=1130278073
Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA, also offers two additional infection control tools for the dental practice, including “Assessment of Infection Control Protocols in Dental Practices for Patient Safety” and “How to Know if You are Protected From Infectious Disease Transmission During Dental Treatment”. Both can be found at the Hu-Friedy Infection Prevention Resource page at http://www.hu-friedy.com/education/infection-prevention-resources
Ken Serota, President of Hu-Friedy, says of the infection control breach, “Performing at your best is dependent upon having the best information, which is why during situations like this, we put a strong focus on our educational resources and look to leverage our extensive network of key opinion leaders, as well as our relationships with organizations like OSAP.”
For more information, call 1-800-HU-FRIEDY or visit www.hu-friedy.com
Founded in Chicago in 1908, Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Company helps dental professionals perform at their best by producing dental instruments and products designed to function as an extension of each practitioner's particular skill. Its products, hand-crafted by highly skilled artisans, are known for their precision, performance, longevity, reliability and quality. Headquartered in Chicago, Hu-Friedy products are distributed in more than 75 countries and the company maintains offices in Rotterdam, Tuttlingen, Germany, Milan, Shanghai and Tokyo.