COVID-19

COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix

A new dental appendix to the recently published UK COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings is now available. The new guidance document can be viewed here The dental guidance seeks to ensure a consistent and resilient UK wide approach, though some differences in operational details and organisational responsibilities may…

CDO Letter – Full range of NHS dental treatments from 1st November

In a letter released today, Tom Ferris CDO Scotland announced that, as of Sunday 1st November dental contractors will be able to provide a full range of dental treatments to NHS patients. This announcement follows the recent publication of the Scottish Dental Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) ‘Review of Aerosol Generating Provcedures in Dentistry’ which improves understanding…

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SDCEP Rapid Review on Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry published

Today the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) published their rapid review of the evidence related to the generation and mitigation of aerosols in dental practice and the associated risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Significant support for the review was provided by Cochrane Oral Health, a key partner in the project. The review is now available to…

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Ventilation, water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19

This SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) on ventilation water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19 was developed by a Short Life Working Group (SLWG) that included all devolved administrations, representatives from Public Health England (PHE) and academia (see table below). The purpose of the short life working group was to review and…

Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents

The COVID-19 Dental Services Evidence Review (CoDER) Working Group has just published its  rapid review of  Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents on Cochrane Oral Health The review is the work of a collaborative group of researchers and clinicians from a range of UK institutions, including the Scottish Dental Clinical…

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SDCEP-Rapid Review of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry

SDCEP, with the support of Cochrane Oral Health, is coordinating a rapid review of the international evidence related to aerosol generating procedures in dental healthcare. The UK-wide working group is chaired by Prof. Jeremy Bagg and includes topic experts from medical virology and aerobiology as well as representatives from the general dental practice, hospital dental…

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SDCEP – Comparison of UK Return-to-Practice Documents

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) have published a comparison of the five main UK documents published in recent weeks. While the layout of the documents varies the level of agreement across the source documents should provide reassurance to dental professionals in every area of the UK. Download Comparison of UK Return-to-Practice documents Note…

Reopening dental practices – Latest CDO update

This latest CDO letter provides information on plans to reintroduce dental services on a phased basis over the course of this month. A specific date being confirmed following the next 3-weekly lockdown review point on the 18 June. Practices are advised to:- implement the recommendations of the SDCEP practice recovery toolkit Prepare a single surgery…

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SDCEP – Resuming General Dental Services Guide – minor update

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) have issued a minor update to their Resuming General Dental Services Guide. These minor changes relate to:- An update of Phase numbering throughout guide following CDO letter of 8 June 2020 which included the renaming of phases of remobilisation of NHS Dental Services. Addition of advice about appointing…

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SDCEP Reopening Dental Practice Guide launched

In a letter of the 20th May the Chief Dental Officer outlined a phased remobilisation of NHS dental services. To support practitioners working in primary dental care the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has developed a Practice Recovery toolkit which includes a guide and associated implementation tools. The guide provides advice on: Practice organisation…

Update to Rapid Review of recommendations for re-opening dental services

An update to the recently published rapid review of recommendations for the re-opening of dental services is now available. The update includes 5 more counties bringing the total to 17 sets of recommendations from 16 different countries. There are some changes to the key messages:- This review reports on national recommendations for the re-structuring and…