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  • 01 Oct 2015 2:22 PM | Anonymous


    OSHA's Hazard Communication Guidelines for compliance states:  "Hazard communication will be a continuing program in your facility. Compliance with HCS is not a “one shot deal.” In order to have a successful program, you must assign responsibility for both the initial and ongoing activities that have to be undertaken to comply with the rule."

    Every dental facility needs a Dental Infection Control Coordinator.  At a minimum, this person should:

    • have a basic understanding of microbiology
    • have knowledge in modes of cross-contamination
    • be aware of safety and infection prevention procedures
    • be knowledgeable in government regulations, rules and recommendations: (Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (BPS),  Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), and Center for Disease 
    • know what products and equipment are required for patient and provider safety
    • write and update policies and procedures:  Exposure Control Plan, Hazard Communication Program, list of hazardous chemicals with a Safety Date Sheet 
    • establish a post-exposure system (name, address, phone number and travel directions) to the nearest healthcare facility.  Have all employee documentation relevant to the treatment including employee's medical and vaccination records.
    • make sure all employees are trained upon hiring in regard to chemicals, products and procedures with follow-ups on an annual basis.
    • document and maintain all equipment such as autoclave, eyewash, etc.

    In addition to these specific items, compliance officers also will be asking the following questions in assessing the adequacy of the program: 

    • Does a list of the hazardous chemicals exist in each work area or at a central location?  And, do all employees know where that location is?
    • Are methods the employer will use to inform employees of the hazards of non- routine tasks outlined? 
    • Are employees informed of the hazards associated with chemicals contained in unlabeled pipes in their work areas?  (nitrous and oxygen)
    • On multi-employer worksites, has the employer provided other employers with information about labeling systems and precautionary measures where the other employers have employees exposed to the initial employer’s chemicals? 
    • Is the written program made available to employees and their designated representatives?
    Hazard Communication Guidelines for Compliance U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA 3111 2000 (Reprinted)

    Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA

  • 01 Sep 2015 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    It’s that time of year…FLU SEASON!!!

    Here are some simple steps to help you try and stay away from that awful bug!

    1.       Wash your hands often with soap and water or antibacterial hand rub

    2.       Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

    3.       Avoid close contact with sick people

    4.       Practice good health habits.  Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.

    5.       Cover your nose and mouth with a TISSUE WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE!  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  If you don’t have a tissue, couch into your elbow or shoulder. 

    6.       If you are sick with flu-like illness, STAY home for at LEAST 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone WITHOUT the use of a fever reducer.

    If you are healthy and have been exposed because someone didn’t follow #6, there are some antiviral medications your doctor can prescribe that may prevent you from falling ill as well.

    There are two different type of flu vaccinations available:

    1.       Nasal spray (live attenuated virus)

    2.       Trivalent or quadrivalent Injection (inactivated form of the virus)

    Buddy it up with a Pneumonia vaccine and you are even less likely to feel the effects and complications of the flu season.

    Join me in the pledge to get your flu vaccine!

    National Flu Vaccine week is December 6-12, 2015! Let’s stay healthy and keep the workforce strong!


    Kym Goodell, CDA, EFDA, EFODA

  • 01 Aug 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Dental Assistants Play a Role in Cancer Detection

    Dental assistants are valuable members of the dental team and can play a role in helping detect the possible deadly disease of oral cancer.  While obtaining new or recall medical histories or just in casual conversations, a well informed dental assistant can pick up on possible warning signs that must be brought to the dentist's attention.

    • An unusual white or dark spot on the tongue, oral mucosa and/or lip  
    • An ulcer or sore that doesn't heal within 2-3 weeks.
    • Numbness in the lips or mouth
    • An earache on one side that lasts for an unusual amount of time
    • Difficulty or painful when swallowing or chewing
    • A lump or swelling in the mouth or neck area
    • A persistent cough, sore throat or hoarse voice

    Researchers have discovered a link between oropharyngeal cancer and the human papiloma virus number 16 (HPV16).  The HPV link is thought to be responsible for an increase in these cancers in otherwise healthy non-smokers ages 25 to 50.  Other carcinogens such as tobacco and alcohol are also a contributing factor for oral cavity malignancies.  

    Additional information is available on Dentistry iQ.  

    Submitted by:

    Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA,  OMSA, MADAA

  • 02 Jul 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous

    A few simple steps to help you stay more hygienic while camping:

    1.       Don’t bring deodorant, it brings out the bugs and other wildlife.  Just use soap and water or hand sanitizer.

    2.       Use hand sanitizer each time you go to the bathroom and before cooking and eating meals.

    3.       Cleaning your whole body:

    a.       Jump in the lake, using a biodegradable soap making sure you are far away from other people using the water.

    b.      A trail shower by stripping down and using biodegradable soap and a wash cloth with several liters of water

    c.       If it’s too cold for the above a sponge bath getting the important parts groin, armpits, and inner thighs.

    No matter which of the above you use, make sure you towel yourself completely dry.  I have a microfiber towel that works wonderfully.

    4.        Why biodegradable soap?   So you don’t promote algae in the lakes and streams.  Remain 200 feet from the water is the best practice, your footprint counts.  Leave No Trace. 

    5.       When to change your clothes?  You should change them when they are damp and let them hang to dry, or at least before you crawl into bed at night.  Rotate your clothing so you always have one set drying if you are the rugged hiker style doing light packing for a longer hike, but pack a clean pair of socks for every day. 

    6.       What should a toiletry kit contain?

    a.       Toothbrush

    b.      Floss

    c.       Toothpaste

    d.      Alcohol gel-based hand sanitizer

    e.      Cotton bandana or wash cloth

    f.        Moist towelettes or baby wipes

    g.       Biodegradable soap

    h.      Absorbent pack towel ( I love my microfiber towel)

    i.         Toilet paper in its own plastic bag

    I found this article on www.backpacker.com  lots of helpful hints and tools there.

     by Kym Goodell

  • 11 Jun 2015 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    BMCC:  Gloria Galvan
    COCC:  Vanessa Mendez
    CCC:     Kristen Church
    LBCC:   Kacie McCracken
    LCC:     Crystal Lopez

  • 01 Jun 2015 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    I read a great article on www.health.com and would like to share it with you.  With summer coming upon us and kids staying home, our house could fast become a mess.  Here are a few simple items that may help us stay a little bit more clean and healthy, if you don’t already do them.

    1.        Sanitize your sponge or scrub brushes in the dishwasher.  Disinfect your sink and drain twice a week with a tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart of water.  At the end of the week, pour the rest of the solution down the drain.

    2.       Cutting boards are a breeding factory of nastiness, so you really should only use plastic or glass that do not have pock marks.  Throw away your family heirloom wooden ones.  They are just breeding grounds for the plague (that’s what I call every stomach virus I get  ;)  )  When you are done using your cutting board, wash it with hot soapy water, spray it with a 1 to 16 bleach water solution, rinse and put it in the dishwasher.

    3.       Now this part kinda grossed me out to be honest, something I did now know and found out I did not want to know.  You can get E. coli simply by transferring your own unmentionables from the washer to the dryer.  Just make sure your water temperature is set at 150 degrees and you dry them for at least 45 minutes or until the load is dry.  Wash your hands after doing laundry and run a cycle of bleach and water after you do your unmentionables. 

    4.       Your toothbrush… the human mouth contains 100 million microbes per milliliter of saliva, those microbes eat the same food you do!  When you brush those microbes stick to your toothbrush.  After brushing rinse your toothbrush in hot water and stand it up in a glass to it can air-dry.  You can even stick it in the dishwasher once in a while to get sanitized. 

    5.       Your bathtub and shower can carry more germs then your garbage can.  Disinfect it once a week on the bathroom floor and the sides, rinse well and use a squeegee, disinfect the squeegee too.

    6.       Your cell phone and other tech stuff you touch every day (keyboard and mouse) have been found to carry germs, the flu virus and even MRSA.  Use a disinfectant wipe on them.

    7.       The bathroom floor is a germ cesspool.  Fecal spray from flushing lands on the floor and helps germs grow.  Close the lid before flushing and use a bleach based cleanser.  After you wash your mats weekly, make sure they are completely dry, if you have to hang them for a while.

    8.       Your shoes bring in whatever you have stepped on outside.  If you can, remove your shoes outside, wipe your feet on a high quality abrasive mat. Clean your mat weekly and consider the sprays and chemicals you use on your yard.  There are nontoxic, non-chemical options. 

    9.       Your bedroom is where you spend a third of your life, for some people maybe more, others maybe it feels like less (J )  But dust mites seem to be the main problem.  Wash your bedding weekly, and if you haven’t already moved your water temp up, as in example 3, then at least do it for this one and turn your temp up to at least 130 for your bedding.  Maybe even invest in an anti-allergy wrap for your bed.  Wet-mop your floor and all surfaces should be cleaned with a germ fighting solution.  Don’t let any damp clothing lie around for longer than a day.

    10.   Dust can trigger asthma and allergies.  Vacuum the floor, curtains, furniture and bookshelves with a HEPA filter and follow up with an antibacterial wipe or spray.  

                                                                                         Kym Goodell

  • 01 May 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    When was the last time your office had a MORNING HUDDLE?  The morning huddles are very important and most helpful for the regular updating of the staff each day.  The meetings are usually held prior to the first patient or at the end of the day to review and/or look over the next days appointments and patients.  Some of the areas covered could/should include the patient's name, reason for the appointment, medical alerts, financial insurance status for the treatment plan, personal information from staff of past activities, (fear, gagging, etc.....) and any other personal information that might be helpful.  All the information is confidential but very important for staff as to the treatment for the day and future appointments.  The more information available and shared means better patient treatment and good staff communication.  Everyone wins...try them - you will see how important they can be.  Customize for your office and the information that is comfortable.

    Mary Harrison, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA

  • 14 Apr 2015 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Thanks for meeting us at the Oregon Dental Conference!

  • 07 Apr 2015 11:39 AM | Anonymous
    Remember to renew your ADAA dues as well as keep your DANB certificates current.
    There are many opportunities for Continuing Education through The DALE Foundation or through ADAA. Courses through ADAA are free to members, use that benefit for yourself.

    The Oregon Dental Conference is just around the corner and there are many opportunities for education. As always ODAA has excellent offerings for you. Stop by the ODAA booth to see what is new. WE welcome questions and are always happy to assist in any way we can. SEE YOU THERE

    Mary Harrison, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA

  • 03 Feb 2015 9:49 AM | Anonymous
    Organization and anticipation is always the key to being one step ahead of the Dentist. A dentist will always appreciate a dental assistant who can think and react in that manner.

    Kandra Luna, CDA, EFDA, EFODA

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