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Environmental Disinfection of a Dental Clinic during the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Narrative Insight.
Scarano, Antonio; Inchingolo, Francesco; Lorusso, Felice.
  • Scarano A; Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, University of Chieti-Pescara, Via dei Vestini 31, 66100 Chieti, Italy.
  • Inchingolo F; Department of Interdisciplinary Medicine, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", 70121 Bari, Italy.
  • Lorusso F; Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, University of Chieti-Pescara, Via dei Vestini 31, 66100 Chieti, Italy.
Biomed Res Int ; 2020: 8896812, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-910255
ABSTRACT

Background:

The control of biological hazard risk in health care and dental clinic environments represents a critical point in relation to the Covid-19 infection outbreak and international public health emergency. The purpose of the present review was to evaluate the scientific literature on the no-touch disinfection procedures in dental clinics aiming to limit transmission via airborne particles or fomites using no-touch procedures for environmental decontamination of dental clinics.

Methods:

An electronic database literature search was performed to retrieve research papers about Covid-19 and no-touch disinfection topics including full-length articles, editorials, commentaries, and outbreak studies. A total of 86 papers were retrieved by the electronic research.

Results:

No clinical article about the decontamination of a dental clinic during the Covid-19 pandemic was detected. About the topic of hospital decontamination, we found different no-touch disinfection procedures used in hospital against highly resistant organisms, but no data were found in the search for such procedures with respect to SARS-CoV-2 (1) aerosolized hydrogen peroxide, (2) H2O2 vapor, (3) ultraviolet C light, (4) pulsed xenon, and (5) gaseous ozone. One paper was retrieved concerning SARS-CoV-2; 32 documents focused on SARS and MERS. The cleaning and disinfection protocol of health care and dental clinic environment surfaces are essential elements of infection prevention programs, especially during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Conclusion:

The decontamination technique that best suits the needs of the dental clinic is peroxide and hypochlorous which can be sprayed via a device at high turbine speed with the ability of producing small aerosol particles, recommendable also for their low cost.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Decontamination / Disinfection / Dental Clinics / COVID-19 Subject: Decontamination / Disinfection / Dental Clinics / COVID-19 Language: English Journal: Biomed Res Int Year: 2020

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Decontamination / Disinfection / Dental Clinics / COVID-19 Subject: Decontamination / Disinfection / Dental Clinics / COVID-19 Language: English Journal: Biomed Res Int Year: 2020
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