People taking their annual trip to the dentist’s office may unknowingly be carriers of MRSA or other MDROs, potentially exposing themselves and other patients to infection control risks, according to an April Medscape article. 
Dental outpatient settings present different opportunities for transmitting infections that the acute-care setting, says Amy Collins, MPH, an epidemiologist for the CDC told Medscape. The differences include:
- Consistent glove use
- Shorter patient contact time
- Minimal procedures that interrupt the protective skin barrier
- Frequent area cleaning
These opportunities allow for a reduction in transmission risks. The article also reports that a contaminated surface doesn’t play as big a role in MRSA transmission as transmission from the healthcare workers’ hands.
Join HCPro for the 90-minute audio conference, Prevent the spread of MDROs: Reinforcing standard precautions in conjunction with targeted surveillance , on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 1 p.m. (Eastern). Expert speaker Peggy Prinz Luebbert MS, MT (ASCP), CIC, CHSP will explain the ins and outs of using standard precautions with your targeted surveillance to decrease the risk of transmitting MDROs in healthcare. She will provide practical strategies such as culturing a patient on their way in and out of your facility, horizontal and vertical prevention methods, as well as share success stories. If you need help cost-effectively preventing the spread of superbugs such as MRSA and C. diff, this is a show you can’t afford to miss .