Wednesday, April 29, 2009

OSAP Provides Critical Resources for Swine Flu Epidemic

The swine flu is making major headlines and many patients and healthcare workers have more questions than answers. OSAP is providing much needed information to the dental profession. Read on for how to access it. This info is from their press release yesterday:

ANNAPOLIS, MD: April 28, 2009 - The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) is providing special online resources to help dental professionals protect themselves and their patients from swine flu. The Swine Flu Resources section of the OSAP website, which can be accessed at, includes an overview of the disease, up-to-the-minute reports on the current outbreak, tips for prevention, and links to additional in-depth information. The site is a one-stop shop for current information on the swine flu epidemic.

Dental professionals should be vigilant as this potential pandemic emerges. The OSAP website provides a quick and easy way to stay current, as the site is constantly being updated as new information is received. Links to reports and updates from the Centers for Disease Control, American Dental Association, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and even the White House Briefing Room are available for instant access to critically important information and advisories.

In addition, the OSAP symposium “Infection Prevention: Spread the Word,” which is being held June 11-14, 2009 in Plano (Dallas) TX, will feature courses that address this issue. Dr. Michael Glick will present on Emerging Diseases with Special Focus on Swine Flu and Dr. Molly Newlon will present on the “6 P’s of Emergency Preparedness” in which swine flu will be covered.

Dental professionals are encouraged to visit the swine flu resources section of the OSAP website frequently to stay informed. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

OSAP is the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, the non-profit association is dentistry’s premier resource for infection control and safety information. Through its publications, courses, website, and worldwide collaborations, OSAP and the tax-exempt OSAP Foundation support education, research, service, and policy development to promote safety and the control of infectious diseases in dental healthcare settings worldwide.

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