Announcements

NEW – Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidelines

 

In early 2020, the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta, College of Alberta Denturists, College of Alberta Dental Assistants, and the College of Registered Dental Hygienists undertook a project to collaborate on the development of common Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines.  These common Guidelines support the professions by providing a consistent standard for oral health care professionals in Alberta.

 

The Guidelines support dental technologists and dental technicians by:

 

- identifying principles

- giving instructions

- offering information and direction

- providing a framework for decision making

 

Get the Guidelines here: https://cdta.ca/sites/default/files/IPC_resource_final.pdf

 

In November 2021, as a part of the consultation process, an earlier draft of these Guidelines was shared with you. Regulated members were encouraged to provide feedback at that time. The development process included an IPC subject matter experts and collecting feedback from regulated members of all the participating colleges to ensure that the guidelines fulfilled the colleges' mandate of protecting the public.

Following the New Guidelines

The new IPC Guidelines go into effect today, June 1, 2022. You are expected to read, understand and to begin taking the necessary steps to implement and adhere to the Guidelines. 

Over the coming weeks, the Council will provide a more in-depth implementation schedule that regulated members are expected to follow. Each regulated member is responsible to familiarize themselves with the Guidelines and ensure that the IPC program in their workplace complies with the Guidelines following the implementation schedule. 

 

Dental Technologists and Dental Technicians are responsible to know and understand all sections of the document and implement all requirements that apply to their individual practice and practice setting regardless of employment status.


Understanding the New Guidelines

The Colleges created the Guidelines based on the best evidence and the most current data. As such, the IPC Guidelines are dynamic and intended to reflect current best practices. It is required that you follow the Guidelines, and that you adjust current workplace IPC practices if you find that your current practice does not meet or exceed the Guidelines.

To ensure that you understand the new Guidelines, you are encouraged to:

 

1) read them thoroughly more than once

2) print them off and keep a copy in your practice

3) discuss the new guidelines with your colleagues

4) compare the new guidelines to your office's existing policies and procedures and

5) use them to develop updated policies and procedures, if necessary

 

Questions?

Contact the College office:

Email: tara@cdta.ca

Phone: 780-469-0615

June 1, 2022