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CDC Removes 15-Minute Wait Period from Dental Guidance

On June 17, the Centers for Disease Control announced a change to their dental guidance that now removes the 15-minute wait period between patients.

On June 17, the Centers for Disease Control announced a change to their dental guidance that now removes the 15-minute wait period between patients.  Here is the CDC’s summary of recent changes:

The recommendation to wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces has been removed to align with CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings.

The time period recommended for patients to inform the dental clinic if they develop symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19 following a dental appointment has been changed to 2 days to align with CDC’s Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure Guidance.

Clarifying language has been added to Engineering Controls.

For further information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html.

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