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Revision of dentistry safety guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic
 
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Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum w Krakowie / Jagiellonian University Medical College in Cracow, Kraków, Poland (Wydział Lekarski, Instytut Stomatologii, Zakład Profilaktyki i Stomatologii Eksperymentalnej / Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry, Department of Dental Prophylaxis and Experimental Dentistry)
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Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum w Krakowie / Jagiellonian University Medical College in Cracow, Kraków, Poland (Wydział Lekarski, Instytut Stomatologii, Katedra Ortodoncji / Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics)
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Szpital Uniwersytecki w Krakowie / University Hospital, Kraków, Poland (Oddział Kliniczny Chorób Wewnętrznych i Geriatrii / Department of Internal Medicine and Gerontology)
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Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum w Krakowie / Jagiellonian University Medical College in Cracow, Kraków, Poland (Wydział Lekarski, Instytut Stomatologii, Katedra Protetyki Stomatologicznej / Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics)
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Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum w Krakowie / Jagiellonian University Medical College in Cracow, Kraków, Poland (Wydział Lekarski, Instytut Stomatologii, Katedra Stomatologii Zachowawczej z Endodoncją / Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry, Department of Conservative Dentistry with Endodontics)
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University of Rochester, New York, USA (Eastman Insitute for Oral Health, Department of Dentistry)
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Joanna Słowik   

Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum w Krakowie, Wydział Lekarski, Instytut Stomatologii, Zakład Profilaktyki i Stomatologii Eksperymentalnej, ul. Montelupich 4, 31-155 Kraków
Online publication date: 2021-09-03
 
 
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The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has completely transformed the functioning of health care facilities. These changes have also significantly affected the work of dental health professionals. Due to the high infectivity of the virus and the fact that transmission occurs primarily through respiratory droplets, both dental patients and professionals are particularly exposed to coronavirus infection. In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, a number of medical societies have issued recommendations for the provision of health care services during the pandemic. The article is based mainly on the recommendations of the Polish Ministry of Health, since WHO recommendations underline that following updated local guidelines is of highest importance. It is impossible to outline uniform guidelines for all dental specialists in the world, as the pandemic develops at differing rates in different countries and each country requires guidelines adapted to the current local epidemiological situation. The publication features an additional review of foreign literature and guidelines proposed by individual dental societies. The article presents an overview of guidelines related to the functioning of dental offices, dental treatment procedures and recommended personal protective equipment, as well as underlines the overriding principle that both physicians and dental practitioners should first and foremost take care of their own health in order to be able to protect others. Med Pr. 2021;72(6)
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