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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

July 8, 2020
COVID-19 Protection

Patient safety has always been at the forefront of everything we do at North Shore & Brookline Endodontics, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had increasing interest from our patients regarding our infection control procedures. While we’ve consistently followed guidelines from the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control to create a safe, sterile environment, we’ve also implemented new protocols specifically designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You can read our COVID-19 safety measures brochure for more details, but you’ll find the most important points below.

Standard Infection Control Procedures

Prior to COVID-19, most patients didn’t give much thought to infection control, but it’s something our team has always taken seriously. These are the protocols we’ve had in place to keep patients safe:

  • Annual training in OSHA, HIPAA, and infection control
  • Sterilization of instruments after every procedure
  • Operatories are disinfected with an EPA-approved surface cleaner between patients
  • Staff follows strict hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and cough etiquette guidelines

New Infection Control Protocols for COVID-19

Our doctors have closely monitored the latest research on the coronavirus and developed protocols that exceed current CDC guidelines for our patients’ peace of mind. These practices include:

  • Training in the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and decontamination procedures
  • Strict mask protocol, with face masks required in clinical and front desk areas
  • Ongoing health screenings and temperature checks for staff
  • Scheduling that limits the number of people in the office at any one time
  • Offering early morning appointments for high-risk patients
  • Waiting rooms have been decluttered and modified to accommodate social distancing
  • All high-touch areas will be regularly wiped down with an EPA-approved surface cleaner
  • Electric fogger sprayers will be used between patients to sanitize entire rooms in minutes with the touch of a button

What We’re Asking of Our Patients

Finally, we ask all of our patients to also do their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19. We’re asking that you:

  • Complete pre-appointment screenings
  • Reschedule your appointment if you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection
  • Fill out paperwork online to limit time spent in the waiting room
  • Wear a face mask at our office—they are required by law
  • Use hand sanitizer prior to check-in and entry into the waiting room
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
  • Come to your appointment alone, unless prior arrangements are made (as may be the case for minors or patients with special needs)

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Our practice is open and scheduling appointments for both new and current patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our six greater Boston area locations.

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