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|Control of Infection Guidelines for General Dental Practice. Second Edition. 2006.|
Page updated 9 October 2006
Author: Dr. Caroline Pankhurst
© Copyright 2006 Caroline Pankhurst
Modified from infection control guidelines written and developed by Caroline Pankhurst on behalf of Southwark Primary Care Trust, hosting dental services accross Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham PCTs.
These Guidelines which are written specifically for primary dental care incorporates recommendations and information provided in Health Service Circulars and Bulletins and guidance documents issued by the following organisations:
British Dental Association (in particular the BDA Advice Sheet A12-Infection Control in Dentistry)
Each section of the guidelines explains current best practice within the context of the Regulatory legal framework under European and UK law, as well as Approved Codes of Practice. In the case of an Approved Code of Practice it has special legal status. If you are prosecuted for breach of health and safety law, and it is proved that you did not follow the relevant provisions of a Code, you will need to show that you have complied with the law in some other way or a Court will find you at fault.
In accordance with The General Dental Council in their Standards Guidance- "Standards for Dental Professionals" June 2005, dental professional are expected to "provide a good standard of care based on available up-to-date evidence and reliable guidance".
The Clinical Guidelines for infection control in primary dental care are divided into the following sections: