Because we receive inquiries from our patients and fellow dentists as to what our individual and collective attitude should be on the issue of evolving COD and our own pandemic 19 For our patients and the community as a whole, the Board of Directors of the Dental Association of Kefallinia issues this Press Release.
We consider the evolution as an epidemic – both in general and in particular in our home country – it is in the most critical phase and will be in this phase for the next few days. Dentistry is always practiced in our dentistry responsibly and safely and all colleagues are informed, both from their basic education and from their continuing professional training, on the specific issues related to her practice and especially about measures to prevent the spread of infections.
However, due to the particular epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19, its current spread to a critical proportion of the population and the lack of a sufficient amount of personal protective equipment for dentists worldwide, we consider it appropriate for the following period:
A) To reduce the flow of patients to our dental practice and to postpone as long as possible the phases of dental treatment that may be postponed.
B) Indicate any suspicion of coronavirus exposure and any possible presence of respiratory infection by telephone before the patient arrives at the dentist. Avoid unauthorized access to dental clinics.
C) Observe basic and additional hygiene rules for patients in all dental offices (waiting room, toilet).
The goal of this policy is to rationalize dental treatment, provide dentists with the time needed to prepare the clinic, and save protective material that will help in the long run if the epidemic lasts long. In addition, the purpose is to reduce synchronicity, which is sometimes observed in the waiting rooms of our clinics, since in the broadest sense they are public spaces or public gathering spaces.
In any case, dentistry is practiced by all colleagues in their capacity and medical conscience. In this context, even refusal to provide dental care is acceptable if it is not completely safe. Depending on the course of the epidemic and the general guidelines provided by the ESA, it can be safely dealt with for a few days only in emergencies in our clinics. It is the time for individual and collective responsibility to express and determine our behavior to the utmost.
From the OSK Board of Directors.