What do you do if the orthodontist tests positive? In this episode of In the Sterilization Room with Jackie, infection prevention expert Jackie Dorst, RDH, BS, shares with our audience the guidance she gave to an orthodontist who contacted her on New Year’s Day after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Jackie talks about how to handle patient notification, including which patients need to be notified and what your message should say, assessing employee exposure, and CDC guidelines for when the doctor can return to work. 

Jackie also shares her experience receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. OP


CDC – Risk Assessment for Healthcare Workers Exposed to Persons with COVID-19

CDC – Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (Interim Guidance)