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Friday, May 24, 2013
Question about safety precautions
Thank you in advance for your help. If a dentist uses gloves, and a paper face mask, but does not wear protective eyewear, or just uses regular prescription glasses, should this worry their patient.
The rules in Ohio state a dentist must wear gloves, mask and glasses (or a face shield) when spattering of blood or other body fluids is likely. The glasses can be regular prescription glasses, but they must have protective side shields.
Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University