Thanks Canadian Business Insider for this great article on the steps that we’ve taken to ensure that you don’t take a trip to the dentist home with you!
Here is a link to the original story, with clipping below. We are so pleased and proud to have made this investment, for our teams, for our patients, for our families, and for the community. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bc-dentist-renovates-to-canadian-health-care-facilities-hvac-airborne-infection-isolation-room-standard-to-assist-in-the-fight-against-covid-19-1029231084
BC Dentist renovates to Canadian Health Care Facilities HVAC Airborne Infection Isolation Room Standard to assist in the fight against COVID-19
Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms are used by hospitals to contain and eliminate dangerous airborne particles, like COVID-19. They protect both health care workers and teams.
They work by using a combination of positive pressure “air curtains” that create containment zones around the clinical space, and negative pressure intakes to eliminate and remove COVID-19 and any other airborne pathogens created. When risk of dangerous airborne particles exists, both Health Canada and the CDC recommend the use of Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms.
Dr. Dan Kobi, Principal Dentist describes, “Many dental procedures are aerosol generating procedures. This demands we take steps to contain and remove any airborne particles created in our clinical areas. Our engineered, design-built and balanced system is part of a layered infection control approach and meets or exceeds HVAC specifications used by Canadian hospitals in their airborne isolation rooms. Alongside patient flow adjustments, PPE enhancements and infection control changes, we can now most safely and responsibly deliver dental care”.
The reengineering and renovations have caught the eye of researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. Faculty of Health Social and Development Associate Professor Dr. Jonathan Little, PhD is leading a research team and currently has a research proposal underway specific to the Care Dental project. “Airborne Infection Isolation Rooms have been used in hospitals to contain and eliminate dangerous particles for many years, however are not generally deployed in dental practices due to the significant expense and facility requirements demanded by their install. As dental workers are considered “high-risk” for respiratory diseases due to daily exposure to aerosolized pathogens, volatile organic compounds and mercury, we are excited to conduct a natural experiment to explore the health impacts of this technology for patients and teams in a dental setting”.
Reengineering and Renovations Completed by Care Health Meditech (www.carehealthmeditech.com)