Infection Control Protocols
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Nashua and Bedford, NH
The doctors and staff at Greene and Torio OMFS recognize that this is an unnerving time. We want to reassure our patients that our safety measures and infection control protocols are in adherence of, and exceed, standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and American Dental Association (ADA).
Our primary focus is to provide your care in the safest environment. With modifications of our pre-treatment, treatment, and office protocols, we have maximized our patients’ safety when receiving care in our practice.
- Telephone pre-screening of COVID-19 questions prior to scheduling appointments
- Teledentistry visits for consultation and follow-up appointments to minimize number of patients in the office
- Staggered patient appointments to reduce number of patients being treated simultaneously
- Escorts waiting in car during treatment rather than in our reception room
- Paperless workflow for patient registration, consents, HIPAA, etc.
- Expansion of our medical grade air filtration and purification systems within our offices. Air filtration units with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters will be placed in each operatory and will clean the room’s air every 15 minutes. HEPA filters trap 99.97% of >0.3 micron-sized particles, which includes viruses and bacteria.
- Pre-Appointment Check-In outside our office
- Repeat pre-screening of COVID-19 questions and temperature check for any and all patients/escorts entering the office
- Patients will be provided a mask if they do not have their own
- Pre-procedure rinse with 1% hydrogen peroxide
- All surgical staff wearing N95 respirators (protected by a surgical mask), full-face shields, scrub coats or disposable gowns, and surgical caps when in the treatment room with a patient
- Surgical masks, surgical caps, and gowns are disposed of following each patient’s treatment
- If a scrub coat is worn rather than a disposable gown, this is removed immediately following each patient’s treatment and laundered before reuse.
- Full-face shields will be disinfected following each patient’s treatment
- Keep operatory door closed during treatment
- Diligent disinfection of all exposed surfaces (counters, chairs, lights, floors, pulse ox/BP cuff, etc.) in the operatory
- Post-op or follow-up visits, if necessary, scheduled via teledentistry when possible
- Daily temperature checks and COVID-19 symptoms screening for staff
- Diligent hand hygiene by staff with hand sanitizers throughout the office
- Masks worn by all staff, at all times
- Designated “work” shoes and scrubs that are only worn and laundered on site for all staff
- Adhering to social distancing guidelines in the office AND home