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COVID-19 Update – 26th September 2020

This is just a quick update today in case you had missed the SDCEP release yesterday. This short digest is limited purely to that release. We will keep you up to date with other financial matters as arising in future digests.

The long awaited Rapid Review Report of AGP’s undertaken by SDCEP Vs 1.0 was circulated yesterday and makes some clear, and indeed helpful, recommendations for the best practice mitigations of AGP’s in Dentistry.
If you have not already received a copy you can access the full report below;
SDCEP Mitigation of AGP’s Report Vs 1.0

SDCEP-Mitigation-of-AGPS-in-Dentistry-Rapid-Review.pdf

The report is very clearly positioned as not being a guidance document, but will be pivotal for policy setters and is likely to inform many SOP’s going forward.
It runs to over 40 pages, and if you do not have the time over the weekend to absorb fully, or are taking a much deserved break you should be aware that the key findings are as follows;
Mitigation Recommendations
* High volume suction is recommended * Rubber dam usage is recommended * Pre-procedural mouth rinses are not recommended * Antimicrobial coolants are not recommended * Pragmatic fallow time is recommended after ‘Group A’ dental procedures are undertaken* Air cleaners are not recommended 
The assumption of a standard fallow period of 15-30 minutes (subject to ventilation) is made. This can be varied upwards for poorly ventilated environments and downwards when AGP generation is short, rubber dam is used and high volume suction adopted. Any reduced fallow time is likely to be modest (5 minutes) and therefore, to allow the settlement of large droplets the minimum fallow time of 10 minutes is deemed to be required.
NB: – The terminology used in the report and above where something is ‘not recommended’ is not intended to be suggestive of non adoption of the measures involved, rather it is a conditional statement and implies it is not recommended as mandatory for universal adoption. The report recognises that some practitioners might well choose to adopt after careful consideration of all relevant factors. You should overlay the findings against your own clinical and environmental risk assessments undertaken. 
It is hoped that the return to some degree of consistent practice might emerge from the release of this report and help all Scottish Practices to increase the volume of dental care delivery in the weeks ahead. It also provides a starting framework for interaction with a new SDR in due course and we will await further news in that regard.
I hope you find this content of value and interest. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
And Finally
Once again love and best wishes to you at this time from myself and the full Dental Accountants Scotland team. I hope you manage to stay safe and well. Have a restful and enjoyable weekend whatever you have planned.
As a recurring reminder – our full team are now working remotely but ready and willing to continue to do all we can to support you in any way possible. Please feel free to continue to call my mobile 07375 700468 (day or night) or book a zoom online consultation here and I will be glad to support you in anyway. Our no fee advice is available to you at this time and we will do all we can as part of your team.
I invite you to keep up to date with information on our blog and to like our Facebook page to stay in touch. 

Stay safe and look after yourself and all around you at this difficult time and have lovely weekend.

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