Because we all need a break from regulatory news, we are inviting trusted partners to share information on relevant topics for dental professionals. This month we are pleased to welcome Kelly Duggan, founder of KELLY DUGGAN Image Consulting, LLC.
Kelly has been helping executives and their organizations make their best impression since 1999. Kelly is a certified image coach, speaker and consultant, with thirty years of clinical dental experience as a registered dental hygienist. These years of experience in healthcare nurtured her desire to care for people and make a difference in their lives. This same passion emerges when she works with individuals and groups in image development.
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"Reposition Yourself (or your team) for Success"
Recent news reports have described an outbreak of a newly identified coronavirus (respiratory) that is quickly spreading in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Some reports indicate that health officials in China fear a widespread outbreak of the virus which can cause severe pneumonia and has killed 81 people to date in China including a physician who was caring for infected patients. The CDC states that the Wuhan virus is in the same family of viruses as the previous outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
As of Jan. 27, the CDC indicated that there are 5 confirmed cases identified in the U.S., and that there are 110 persons under investigation (possible cases) in 26 states. These are the result of individuals who traveled to Wuhan and returned to the U.S., are visiting the U.S. from Wuhan or have had close contact with persons who have been exposed to the virus. Travel to and from Wuhan has been stopped, in order to contain the spread of the virus, however, there may be many individuals who may have been exposed prior to the discovery of the outbreak. Travelers are being screened when traveling into the U.S. from China and the CDC is closely watching the situation. For the latest information about the outbreak visit the CDC website at:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
What does this all mean for dental professionals? First and foremost, there is no reason to panic. If there are imminent concerns for the U.S., the CDC and state/local public agencies will advise us.
During the MERS outbreak, health care providers were urged by the CDC to inquire whether patients had traveled outside of the us within the previous 21 days. If the patients responded positively and had respiratory symptoms, the patient should be referred to their physician for evaluation prior to any treatment. It is a best practice to ask this question of all patients who have traveled internationally, not just to/from China.
To assist in the process of screening patients, we have prepared a poster that can be downloaded for use in dental practices asking patients to notify the practice if they have traveled outside the U.S.