July 2023

PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS: Protocol deviations and self-contamination during PPE donning and doffing

Personal protective equipment (PPE) can help protect dental personnel from exposure to pathogens. However, correctly donning and doffing PPE without self-contamination can be difficult. The network studied how dental care workers don and doff PPE, when and where self-contamination is most likely to occur, and how to help improve knowledge about this. The results from the study were recently published and Kimberly Reske and Jennie Kwon, the study principal investigator, shared their findings with us in our blog.  


Main Study Findings:

  • The PPE step with the most deviations was hand hygiene, and the PPE item that caused the most problems for participants was the disposable gown.
  • 69% of the participants had fluorescence detected on them post-doffing, most often on the hands.
  • Participants with more protocol deviations were significantly more likely to have fluorescence detected on them.
  • Some dental healthcare professionals were unsure of when and how to don and doff specialty equipment. 
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DIRR: Why participate?

Watch this short recording about the Dental Implant Restoration Study. Dr. Nico Geurs talked about the registry and why we need to better understand the outcomes of implant restorations. 

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Food Insecurity

We invite you to complete a Quick Poll about food insecurity. The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as the economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate healthy food. Food insecurity affects about 34 million people (10% of households) in the United States.  We are interested in learning more about your experiences and views toward patient food insecurity in your role as a dental professional. 

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Researcher Spotlight

Dr. Allareddy, the Director of the Network Specialty Node, talked with Dr. Nalliah about his participation in the Network. Dr. Nalliah stated “The Network is an excellent structure to conduct highly generalizable clinical research… I believe the PBRN will have a growing importance in the decade ahead.”  

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Romesh P. Nalliah, BDS, MHCM

Current & Upcoming Studies in 2023

Dental Implant Restoration Registry

Consider joining the dentists who are creating the first National implant restoration registry funded by NIDCR. You will enroll 10 to 15 patients with dental implants, at the time of prosthesis placement, and conduct one clinical examination every year for 3 years to investigate the success of implant restorations. Read more

Post-Operative Pain - POPS

Participate in this study investigating management of pain up to 3 weeks after dental procedures. Aided by an mHealth text messaging platform, practitioners monitor pain experiences of their patients undergoing potentially painful dental procedures. Do not miss the chance to better communicate with your patients and contribute to the science of dental pain. Join now!  Read more

Free Samples for Health - FreSH

Inviting all practitioners from the Network’s Midwest and Northeast Regions (only) to participate in this trial to help their patients quit smoking.

Dentists will enroll patients who smoke, and then deliver a brief intervention called Ask-Advise-Refer. Patients will receive a free bag containing an electric toothbrush or Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) samples. Read more

To join a clinical study, contact us today!

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The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), grants U19-DE-028717 and U01-DE-028727

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