Compliance with best practices
Our office takes compliance with both government regulations and industry best practices seriously. Below you can find some of the highlights of policies, procedures, and steps that our office takes to ensure that your visit is both safe and secure.
Receiving high quality care at our office is not dependent on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability status.
Our office adheres to the Center for Disease Control's Guidelines for Infection Control in a Dental Setting as well as the best practices recommended by the American Dental Association. We underwent a voluntary, third-party infection control & OSHA audit in April of 2019 as part of our annual training.
Our office uses iodine filters and commercially deionized water to provide safe water for routine procedures. These filters were changed in July of 2018 and last for one year. Also in July of 2018 we tested our water with a third party laboratory to assure bacterial levels below the recommended limit. For surgical procedures, our office uses sterile water.
Our office employs two sterilizers that are tested weekly for their ability to kill microbes by a third-party laboratory at the University of Iowa. In addition, we conduct weekly tests of our pre-sterilization cleaning equipment. All of our instruments are individually packed with sterilization indicators, and are always opened with you in the room.
All of our staff are basic life support (BLS) certified and proficient in our office's emergency protocols and procedures which are modeled on the recommendations of the American Dental Association and other authorities on the subject. We underwent our annual emergency medical preparedness training in March of 2019.
Our office works with a well known, local technology consulting company to provide enterprise level protections for our computer systems. Our technology policies and procedures are modeled after the best practice recommendations of the American Dental Association. Dr. Andrew Stevenson is our designated Security Officer. We held our annual HIPAA policy & procedure review of our technological safeguards in April of 2019.
Our office has completed and maintains a security risk assessment as required by law. Our office has strong policies and procedures in place to protect patient information, again modeled after the best practices recommended by the American Dental Association. Dr. Chad Stevenson is our designated Compliance Officer. We held our annual HIPAA policy & procedure review of our administrative safeguards in April of 2019.