Blood-Borne Diseases— Ensuring the Safety of Patients and Dental Professionals (Hony) Brig Dr Anil Kohli
President, Dental Council of India
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), patient safety is a “global imperative,” affecting both patients and healthcare professionals worldwide. In India, the Patient Safety in Dentistry taskforce was created in 2009, with myself as the coordinator. The six members are committed to the development of systems, organizations, policies, and procedures to ensure safety throughout treatment.
For example, the occupational use of sharps routinely exposes dental professionals to blood-borne viruses, such as AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. These serious, potentially life-threatening diseases are transmissible to healthcare professionals from infected patients—and from infected caregivers to patients....(continue)
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