SDA Opinion About FFP3 Provision by The NHS
The stand-off between Scottish dentists and the Scottish Government/NSS relating to satisfactory FFP3 provision for AGPs, demonstrates the regard which the NSS/CDO have towards the safety of our staff and patients, in addition to the lack of urgency given to kick-starting the provision of Scotland’s routine NHS General Dental Services. The statement made by Mr Paul Cushley (Director of Dentistry) and Mr Gordon Beattie (Director of National Procurement) on 02/09/2020 regarding 3M out of date masks is akin to either “using endodontic files more than once is perfectly safe,” or “not having a washer disinfector in a dental practice is […]
Is Out of Date PPE Safe?
The Scottish Dental Association welcomed the decision of the Chief Dental Officer to allow dental practices to see their own patients for urgent care involving AGPs from the 17th of August. However, having noted that the 3M masks issued to some practices had original “use by” dates going back to 2012, we have had serious concerns about the decision to issue these ostensibly revalidated masks. We drafted a letter sharing our concerns with the intention of forwarding this to the relevant members of the Scottish Government. Having researched the history and timeline of the revalidation process and the decision to […]
Letter to SDCEP Regarding Ventilation
13th August 2020 Professor Jan Clarkson (Chairperson) Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Dundee Dental Education Centre Frankland Building Small’s Wynd Dundee DD1 4HN Dear Professor Clarkson, Re: NSS document on Ventilation, Water and Environmental Cleaning in Dental Surgeries. https://www.scottishdental.org/ventilation-water-and-environmental-cleaning-in-dental-surgeries-relating-to-covid-19/ We eagerly anticipate the SDCEP guidelines on the provision of aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) in a dental setting and the consideration of Post AGP Fallow Time (PAGPFT) in relation to this. Our interim committee has considered the above document, with the following observations: General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) or bodies representative of GDPs were not included within the submissions by the working group panel. General dental practice […]
NSS Ventilation Document Response
13th August 2020 Dear Mr Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Re: NSS document on Ventilation, Water and Environmental Cleaning in Dental Surgeries. https://www.scottishdental.org/ventilation-water-and-environmental-cleaning-in-dental-surgeries-relating-to-covid-19/ Our interim committee has considered the above document, with the following observations: General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) or bodies representative of GDPs were not included within the submissions by the working group panel. General dental practice is where the significant majority of dental procedures are carried out, therefore input from GDPs would have been appropriate. Dentists and their staff are those most at risk regarding all occupational aerosol hazards, yet no evidence of increased infection rates in dental staff is noted. The practical challenges of multi-chair clinics […]
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