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Common dentolegal queries

  • Q
    Why should I explain my infection control procedures to patients?
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    20 July 2016

    Patients are likely to be a lot more aware of infection control issues following the recent publicity surrounding a look back exercise involving 20,000 dental patients in the UK. If the cost of their dental care increases, patients are likely to be more critical in their choice of dental care provider. Choice and quality are two of the most important components of consumerism.

    Patients who have come to appreciate the steps that are being taken by a practice to ensure their safety will be far less likely to move to another practice where it is not immediately obvious that the same standards of infection control apply.

    Many of those patients who move from one practice to another never tell the original practice why they have left. They often have unspoken concerns and dissatisfaction and these can include doubts over infection control and the quality of care generally. A visible infection control policy and a willingness to explain to patients what is being done for their safety, and why, can address concerns and reinforce the patient’s decision to stay with the practice.

    A deliberately high-profile and visible commitment to infection control can also help to justify a patient’s perception of value, especially if they have just agreed to pay privately for their dental care.

    There are many different ways to get the point across – a poster in the waiting room or a page on your website can outline the basic principles. You can also reinforce the message every time you open bagged instruments from the steriliser or a new set of instruments by mentioning that they have just been sterilised. Disposable, single use items can also be pointed out to patients instead.

    It is paradoxical that patients may be questioning standards of cross infection control in dentistry at a time when they are generally higher and safer than ever before.

    Topics of inadequate infection control make good stories and help sell newspapers. Take the initiative and get your own story out there first.

    With the help of the rest of the dental team, share the evidence of your own infection control measures with patients before they even have to ask. Whether it is new gloves or the large quantity of disposable item that are used – each of these topics can be turned to a marketing advantage. 
  • Q
    As a dental hygienist with an interest in hypnosis, colleagues sometimes refer anxious patients to me.
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    17 May 2016
    Am I able to request assistance from Dental Protection in the event that a claim revolving around hypnosis is made against me?
    Does the referring dentist need to understand hypnosis and should they include the request for hypnosis in the patient's treatment plan?
    The practice of hypnosis for the provision of dental treatment attracts all the benefits of Dental Protection membership that would normally apply to your DCP membership category. Whilst hypnosis is not included in the current scope of practice for dental hygienists published by the General Dental Council (GDC), it is accepted that whilst hypnosis is not itself considered to be the practise of dentistry, it may be provided to facilitate other treatments that are recognised as the practise of dentistry.

    With regard to including details of the referral in the treatment plan, Dental Protection would recommend that the referring dentist should specify in the treatment plan that they are prescribing the patient’s treatment to be provided under hypnosis. As with any other clinical situation, the prescribing dentist would be expected to have some knowledge of the procedure being prescribed, although they need not provide the service personally.

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