ANNAPOLIS, MD October 23, 2012 As the holiday season approaches, many
dental offices channel their inner Martha Stewart to decorate, but the
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is reminding the oral
healthcare community to play it safe.
In our enthusiastic attempts to capture the holiday spirit, we cannot
forget that fun shouldnt compromise infection prevention, said Therese
Long, OSAP executive director. Bugs dont celebrate the holidays, and
overzealous decorating can contribute to unintended disease transmission
Holiday décor should be limited to nonclinical areas. OSAP suggests
decorating the reception area, waiting room, front windows and doors.
Consider festive touches such as placing stickers on toothpaste samples and
ordering special holiday scrubs if you chose to extend the celebration to
With many seasonal and religious holidays in the coming months, OSAP hopes
this reminder will help the oral healthcare community to display holiday
spirit while maintaining a safe, infection-free environment.
For the latest infection control information, guidelines and resources,
visit <http://www.OSAP.org> www.OSAP.org.
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention is the worlds leading
membership association exclusively dedicated to preventing disease
transmission and ensuring the safe delivery of oral healthcare for all. As
a non-profit organization, OSAP helps dental practitioners close the gap
between policy and practice. Its members include dental and other
healthcare professionals, consultants, researchers and non-governmental
organizations, manufacturing and distribution companies, policy makers and
academia. For more information, visit <http://www.OSAP.org> www.OSAP.org.