Covid-19 Protocols

Protocols to Reduce and Manage Risk

 A. Office

o   Stay informed of current BC epidemiology and adjust office practices to reflect current recommendations

o   Update website regularly to inform patient of changes implemented due to Coronavirus Pandemic

o   Provide hand sanitizer near the entrance and encourage patients to perform hand hygiene

o   Use disposable barriers where possible to cover operatory equipment

o   Continue Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) protocol as defined by the BC College of Oral Health Professionals 

o   Periodic review of this document as well as the office Formal Exposure Plan to update as needed

B. Staff

o   All staff will be expected to be cross-trained to help out members who cannot attend work due to illness

o   All staff will be required to be familiar with and adhere to the office Formal Exposure Control Plan

o   Breaks will be staggered as much as possible 

o   Hand hygiene must be performed following office Formal Exposure Control Plan

o   Use chair side air purifiers during treatment to help control environment

C. Patients

o   All patients must be screened for Covid-19 over the phone and/or email prior to their appointment

o   All patients will be instructed to report changes that will affect their Covid-19 screen 

o   Attempt to complete the treatment in one visit to minimize need to return

o   Masking in the office is recommended but not required as per the BC public health guidelines for private practices

o   Encourage patients to bring their own set of wired headphones, neck and back pillows if they require it. We will place barriers on the remote control but cannot offer the in-office headset to minimize cross-contamination