RACDS Recommendations - COVID-19
The Board of Directors has been closely monitoring the emerging situation regarding COVID-19.
There has been much information from governments, regulators and associations from around the world.
In distilling this information for protection of all dental practitioners, staff and the public at large, the dental profession needs to be active and leading these protective and safety measures.
1. Postgraduate and undergraduate dental and all oral health students should not be put on the front line. Clinical activities involving students should cease with immediate effect.
2. All dentists and other personnel in the dental practice over the age of 60, or with one or more co-morbidities, should not be involved with front line services and should cease clinical activities.[¹] Likewise all patients over the age of 60 or with one or more co-morbidities should receive appropriate emergency care only.
3. All dental practices should plan for closure as the risk increases and the need for isolation widens.
This pandemic can only be controlled with significant input from all of society. In certain areas transmission based precautions including special Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be a requirement.
In these difficult times we need to stay well in order to provide essential emergency treatments. This extends to our all-round wellbeing and we encourage you to reach out to your colleagues during the months ahead.
If any member of the College community would like to have their contact details shared with others within our community for the purposes of emotional and moral support, or simply collegiality, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your preferred contact method and permission to share your details. All contact details will be kept strictly confidential and shared only with those opting in to this service. Our previous message of “are you alright?” applies even more now – and we will be here for any of our members in need.
All the very best.
RACDS Board of Directors
*Please note these recommendations:
Are only current at this time, and may be revised or updated at any time in the future
• Are a general outline, and may not be applicable to all clinical situations such as some areas of specialist practice
• Are a general outline, and as the RACDS has a global reach, there will be particular further considerations in specific geographic locations that should be considered in conjunction with these College recommendations
Members are encouraged to seek further clarification about clinical practice from Associations, Academies and government health authorities in their local geographic situation to assist them with decisions about clinical practice.