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OSAP joins forces with JCDA Oasis

May 15, 2013
This will bring a central venue to Canada

ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is joining forces with the Canadian Dental Association and its Journal of the Canadian Dental Association Oasis program to bring infection prevention resources to Canadian dental professionals.

Recently, the JCDA underwent a metamorphosis into JCDA Oasis (online advice and searchable information system). The web-based Oasis combines a peer-reviewed journal, a chairside clinical decision support tool, and a blog site called Oasis Discussion, where clinicians’ questions are answered. The program is designed to facilitate dental engagement and discussion around credible clinical content.

Dr. John O’Keefe, Canadian Dental Association’s director of knowledge networks and member of the OSAP board of directors, proposed the partnership, suggesting OSAP become a contributing organization for infection control. He is developing a team of experts in all clinical areas for JCDA Oasis, and plans to repackage question/answer portions of the Oasis Discussions blog into papers.

“Among other things, JCDA Oasis aims to answer the burning clinical questions on the minds of Canadian dentists and their team members,” said Dr. O’Keefe. “OSAP has an amazing wealth of responses to such questions, in the area of patient safety. With Dr. Nita Mazurat providing the link between Oasis and OSAP, we will ensure that the expertise of OSAP is brought to Canadian dental team members in an appropriate manner though JCDA Oasis. Canadian dental team members will also develop enhanced awareness of the great resources they can access by becoming members of the OSAP community.”

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An OSAP member, Dr. Mazurat's job is to repurpose the wealth of information OSAP has gathered and responded to over the years through frequently asked questions by members, to ensure the content is applicable and consistent with Canadian needs.

"One of our major challenges for infection prevention and control in Canada is lack of a central venue to share our information,” said Dr. Mazurat. “The Oasis/OSAP collaboration is providing a necessary platform for overcoming this challenge. Kudos to the foresight and passion of Dr. O'Keefe for recognizing how important it is for oral health-care providers to be able to have these resources at their fingertips. Therese Long and the OSAP board members are to be commended for their generosity and willingness to share their resources from the culture of safety they have developed tirelessly over many years. I extend my gratitude to both groups for including me in this bold and exciting cooperative adventure."

To learn more about the resources available from JCDA, visit www.jcdaoasis.ca.

For the latest infection control information, guidelines and resources, visit www.OSAP.org.