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Dentistry during the COVID-19 Epidemic: An Italian Workflow for the Management of Dental Practice

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Postgraduate School of Oral Surgery, Department of Biomedical, Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, 98125 Messina, Italy
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Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, 98125 Messina, Italy
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These authors contributed equally to this paper.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3325; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093325
Received: 23 April 2020 / Revised: 5 May 2020 / Accepted: 8 May 2020 / Published: 11 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dental Public Health: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities)
The COVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns about infection control all over the world. Among health workers, dentists are particularly exposed to the COVID-19 infection risk. The aim of this paper is to present a workflow to manage dental procedures already in use at the Dental Unit of the University Hospital of Messina. The proposed workflow accounts for the many aspects of dental practitioners’ risk in the COVID-19 era, and focuses on the assessment of patient risk level, a two-phase dental procedure management (remote and face-to-face), and the use of specific preventive measures. No cases of COVID-19 infection were detected among patients and staff of the dental unit in a two-month period of time while using this protocol. This workflow seems a promising and effective solution to manage dental procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak, and could be implemented in both public and private practices until the emergency is contained. View Full-Text
Keywords: dentistry; COVID-19; epidemic; infection control; prevention; dental management; workflow; dental procedure; preventive measures dentistry; COVID-19; epidemic; infection control; prevention; dental management; workflow; dental procedure; preventive measures
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Peditto, M.; Scapellato, S.; Marcianò, A.; Costa, P.; Oteri, G. Dentistry during the COVID-19 Epidemic: An Italian Workflow for the Management of Dental Practice. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3325.

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