In this episode of In the Sterilization Room with Jackie, we take a look at the state of COVID-19 as of February 3. Infection prevention expert Jackie Dorst, RDH, BS, discusses the current infectivity rate, new variants, the vaccines and what this all means for the orthodontic practice. As Jackie says, this is not the time to relax. Doctors and staff need to continue mask use, social distancing, temperature checks, screenings, and other airborne aerosol disease prevention/infection control protocols even after vaccination. 

And to help orthodontic practices, Jackie provides a refresher on training and education resources available to staff on the instrument sterilization process. Having recently attended the OSAP Virtual Boot Camp, she noticed that a number of attendees were seeking basic information on the instrument sterilization process. She discusses the resources available via the CDC, AAO, WHO, and OSAP. OP