ADA, Recovery Task Force Working To Address PPE Shortages

by Billy Tarpley on April 23, 2020

The ADA News (4/22, Solana) reports that ADA staff and the ADA Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery are “working diligently in addressing members’ concerns over the limited availability of certain personal protective equipment [PPE] items.” The article reports, “The ADA is working with reliable domestic manufacturers, key dental distributors and others to increase access to PPE for dental professionals but access to masks and face shields, along with disposable gowns, are currently the hardest to procure, according to distributors.” Mike Graham, ADA senior vice president of government and public affairs, said, “The ADA is advocating through relevant government agencies and individuals to make sure dentists, who are considered essential workers per the Department of Homeland Security, have sustained access to these PPE items.” Dr. Kirk M. Norbo, 16th District trustee and task force co-chair, said, “The face mask guidelines we have provided illustrate low and moderate risk scenarios accounting for limited access to PPE and allowing professional judgment of the dentist.”

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