State issues order on elective procedures
In this fast moving situation, here are some recent developments:
On March 17, Dr. Amy Acton signed the “Director’s Order for the Management of Non-essential Surgeries and Procedures throughout Ohio” which states that “Effective 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilize PPE should not be conducted.” The definition of nonessential includes “a procedure that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patients,” including the “risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms (time sensitive).”
As a result of this Order, the OSDB has released the statement below:
“Ohio State Dental Board COVID-19 Advisory 2020-02, March 18, 2020
We are all aware of the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world today. The Ohio Department of Health issued an order on the “Management of Non-essential Surgeries and Procedures” throughout Ohio.
Based on this order, the OSDB stresses the importance for all dental practitioners to defer all non-essential & elective procedures with immediate effect. Only patients that need emergency dental services should be seen and treated. The order seeks to preserve the availability of PPEs at this critical period and to prevent inadvertent spread of the coronavirus. Dentists should also remember that they are highly vulnerable to the coronavirus due to the aerosol created from dental procedures. We strongly advise all dentists and dental office personnel to practice utmost caution and be prudent in their selection of emergency cases that need care.
Thank you for your anticipated and expected cooperation.”
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