OSAP releases new infection control guideline workbook

As its title suggests, From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Guide to the Guidelines takes recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and helps the dental professional put them into practice.

The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) has just released a 168-page, all-inclusive workbook that walks dental professionals through the new and expanded 2003 dental infection control guidelines. As its title suggests, From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Guide to the Guidelines takes recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and helps the dental professional put them into practice.

The new CDC Guidelines raise the bar for infection control compliance in the dental office. Several states will actually adopt the CDC recommendations as policy; other states and regulatory bodies will use them as a model to update their policies. Dental healthcare workers need to understand and implement these guidelines, and the workbook can help by providing them with the necessary information in an easy-to-read format.

A must-have for every dental office, the workbook addresses the infection control and safety responsibilities of each member of the dental team. Chapters contain practical how-to instructions, charts and checklists, pictures and captions, answers to common questions, and guidance for making sound clinical judgments. In addition, the workbook has 10 hours of available CE credit. Sample pages of From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Guide to the Guidelines can be viewed online by simply visiting: http://www.osap.org/resources/cdcwb.

OSAP is the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. Founded in 1985, the nonprofit association is dentistry's premier resource for infection control and safety information. Through its publications, courses, Web site, and worldwide collaborations, OSAP and the tax-exempt OSAP Foundation support education, research, service, and policy development to promote safety and the control of infectious diseases in dental healthcare settings worldwide.

For more information regarding "From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Guide to the Guidelines" call OSAP at (800) 298-6727 or visit www.osap.org.

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