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Tools to Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, MD—July 25, 2013— As the world braces to understand the impact of emerging infectious diseases, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is developing instructional tools to ensure the dental community is equipped to respond to these threats.

A leader in infection control and patient and provider safety, OSAP has created free web-based toolkits available for download at These toolkits provide targeted and resource-rich education for the dental field, designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

“OSAP is positioned to create rapid-response dental resources in this new era of outbreaks, infection breaches and emerging diseases,” said Therese Long, OSAP executive director. “These free toolkits on our website are just another example of this rapid-response, and showcase the most up-to-date and relevant information to ensure the dental community is prepared.”

The new toolkits offer materials on Avian Influenza A (H7N9), Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The user-friendly toolkits draw on OSAP’s vast resources across the scientific, governmental and practitioner communities to provide best practices for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. 

To access the new toolkits, visit under Knowledge Center and Emerging Diseases. The Knowledge Center also contains a members-only area where OSAP members can click on the latest infection control trends, practice tips, an extensive collection of Infection Control in Practice newsletters for download, a library of microsites on infection control and safety issues and more. Additionally, OSAP offers a complete line of infection control and safety training products including videos, workbooks and other courseware for dental practices and educational programs.

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