Through the learning from week 1 and week 2, I have learnt that the most frequent adverse event in health-care delivery is health care-associated infections. It is essential for us to follow the infection control practices that both patients and us are at a risk of being infected. Standard Precautions involve the use of safe work practices and protective barriers, for example, the use of personal protective equipment(PPE). At first, I think Standard Precautions are very easy. Everyone knows PPE can protect us from infections and hand hygiene is important throughout the process. However, what I ignored and did wrong were the correct sequences of wearing PPE and how to use them correctly. The sequences are totally different when taking on and
Debra Seidel-Bittke, a registered dental hygienist, states in her article Six steps to making the dental hygiene department a profit center, “The 21st century is a new era for dentistry, and particularly dental hygiene; today’s dental teams must talk to their patients about preventative treatment” (2013). This emphasizes the significance of the dental hygienist’s role in the dental office. The duty of the dental hygienist is to educate the patient of the importance of visiting the dental office for routinely cleanings and other types of preventative treatments the dental hygienist may recommend to the patient. If the dental hygienist creates a genuine relationship with the patients, the dental office will benefit from the established patients that will continuously show for their routinely prophylaxis. Also, if the dental office allows for the dental hygienist to perform more services to fulfill the individual needs of the patients, then the likely hood of the patient wanting to continue coming would be high compared to other dental offices that do not provide the same various
After reading Million Dollar Dentistry by Gray Kadi, I learned that the traditional way of dentistry practice is stressful and you are leaving so much money on the table if you continue to practice dentistry the old fashion way. Also I learned that if you use Mr. Kadi suggestion you will be living a happier and stress-free life.
Someday I might become a dental hygienist because they make a lot of money. Along with, educating patients about the importance of oral health. In a general dentist’s office the dental hygienist plays an important role, such as educating patients on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene and preventive oral care. These practices include, brush and floss their teeth correctly, select the correct type of toothbrush for their teeth. They also inform patients on how to maintain a good diet to improve their dental and gum health. Hygienists also clean, polish, inspect for cavities and loose fillings, look for cracks in teeth and remove plaque and calculus from teeth. There are so many responsibilities that the dental hygienist must take
Becoming a dental hygienist has not only been just a dream of mine, but also my fathers. From a young age, my father started inspiring me to pursue a career in the field of dentistry. After countless hours of watching videos, speaking to advisors about the career path, and shadowing underneath Dr. Soltanian’s dental hygienist by the name Ms. Lopez that I solidified the idea of becoming a dental hygienist. I fell in love with becoming a dental hygienist after the first day of shadowing her. The idea of being involved in the field of dentistry has reinforced the idea of promoting proper oral hygiene not just within myself, but with others too. It intrigues me to learn about the various diseases and conditions that can manifest without proper care taken off a person’s teeth. I think people underestimate the power and overall importance of brushing, and flossing of the teeth on a regular basis. The short time I’ve spent under Ms. Lopez has help emphasize the importance of knowing the anatomy and physiology aspect of the teeth. The knowledge I obtained from shadowing, and numerous hours of online research has help convey to me knowledge on how to better prevent oral
The primary prevention is the best way to eliminate the potential for exposure. Since hand washing is the most effective mean of spread of infection, it would be my primary goal to increase the compliance of hand hygiene among healthcare workers, but also an extensive education of patients and family members on hand washing before and after touching the patient as well as afar any contact with any potentially contaminated materials (surface, body fluids or respiratory secretions). Mandatory education of patients, visitors and healthcare workers, across the system as well as cross department compliance practices are single best mean of preventing the spread of infection. For example, every patient and family member can be educated about hand hygiene, use of PPE-personal protective equipment (face mask, gowns and gloves). Although, the practices are already being utilized, I believe the compliance is poorly monitored.
Evidence based dental hygiene is the practice of giving your patients the best care possible with a combination of adequate techniques and patient values. When evaluating a patient, it is important to understand their values as well as what that they need clinically to improve their oral health. In today’s society, due to the internet and social media, people are presented with the latest fads in dental hygiene on a daily basis. When presented with a question in regard to this, we must research rather than just shut the idea down entirely. As a dental hygienist, it is our responsibility to research these fads and see if there is substance (scientific evidence, patient preferences, clinical/patient circumstances and clinicians experience and
Dental Assistants can help change a person’s life in many ways. Dental assistants provide their patients a way to stay healthy within oral activities while also providing general happiness to a patient. Assistants work hand in hand with a dental hygienist observing, supporting, and caring for the patients need, whenever they need them. They work with tools, sit and stand long periods per day, and work in one of the dirtiest places on the human body, the mouth (Summary). Dental Assistants practice safety measures, just like any other doctor would, to assure the safety of themselves, along with the safety of their patients and organs that are being worked on from infectious diseases. They wear goggles, gloves,
Florence Nightingale has impacted my nursing practice. She came into a hospital setting that had low standards and the environment had caused more problems for the patients than the war. She made efforts to clean up the facilities. She kept records of the changes and was able to show that a more aseptic environment was crucial to the healing process. This is something that I use in my daily tasks as a nurse. I wash my hands regularly, keep my patient’s rooms clean and organized and make sure that my patients have baths daily to prevent infections.
In the John Cochran Division of the St Louis Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center located in St Louis, Missouri during a March 2010 healthcare inspection conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Infectious Diseases Program Office, it was discovered that 1,812 veterans had been possibly exposed to blood borne pathogens such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV while receiving dental at the VA center. The inspection team discovered that technicians were not always cleaning the dental tools according to the manufactures instructions.
Dental hygienists are assistants to the dentist because they get everything ready for the dentist and may even do some work before the dentist sees the patient depending on what the patient is there for. A dental hygienist helps assist their patients on how to practice good oral care and teaches them how to prevent dental diseases which are going to the dentist every six months, flossing twice a day, and brushing after every meal. Dental hygienists play an important role when it comes to informing patients about oral care and water fluoridation. Below is a brief description of the dental hygienists occupation and then the background information about water fluoridation.
I like that you addressed how our roll as dental hygienists is essential to the education and preventative treatment provided to patients. A major part of what we do for our patients is counsel and teach them appropriate oral hygiene strategies in hopes of encouraging the patient maintain their oral health.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is one of the most important agents in the prevention of hospital acquired infections or what we termed nosocomial infections. IPC channels every member of the hospital, which includes, healthcare providers (HCP), patients and the hospitals perse. It is important to practice IPC commandment to every hospital as well as community. The Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH) adopted the national IPC protocol. Employees working in pediatrics hospital are supposed to take precautions to protect their patients and staff from exposure to potentially infectious materials. A fundamental component of standard infection prevention measures are a system of barrier precautions to be used by all personnel
In a report by the Institute of Medicine (2006), Titled, Preventing Medication Errors, “The committee concludes that there are at least 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events (ADE’s) that occur in the United States each year.” These numbers are astonishing given the number of adults that are taking prescription medications daily. Most of the errors occur during the prescribing and administering steps and during an average hospital stay, a patient can expect to have one medication error occur every day (Institute of Medicine, 2006).
People are struggling to maintain their oral health by not sufficiently and regularly brushing or flossing well enough. Now, if people do not care about or try to at least maintain their oral health then the dental industry could shut down. The reason being, that people do not care enough or do not have enough money to go to dental practices to get an oral checkup, results in having bad oral care. Not long after, people will have to deal with oral diseases and difficulties if they do not get accustomed to taking better care of the inside of their mouths and get the assistance that they need. Since people are not taking care of their oral health well enough, that will lead them to go to a dental