|Action||Training in infection control|
|Comment Period||Ends 3/31/2021|
I am in support of having all Dental Assistants be trained in Infection Control. I am new to the field of dentistry but have a background as a CNA. I have always wondered why the standards of care including protecting patients, health care providers and staff are not the same, as both medical fields involve exposure and/or potential exposure to all of the bodily fluids and can be passed from one to another in a variety of ways. Since beginning the Dental Assisting program, I have thought a lot about where we go for dental care and wondered whether or not they have training in infection control etc... I would not knowingly place my children or myself in the hands of someone who is not knowledgeable in infection control because it presents a great risk that does not outweigh the benefit. Until now, I have assumed and trusted that all medical professionals have medical training. As a future Dental Assistant, I will seek out a practice who supports infection control training in their other Dental Assistants. That will be a sign of encouragement to me that they have their patients' and staff members' well being and good health as a priority in their offering of safe medical-professional oral health care.