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Dentistry ranks high among occupations with potential for exposure to coronavirus
DENTAL practitioners, nurses and technicians are among the top ten occupations with the highest potential for exposure to the coronavirus, according to analysis published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Dentists urged to resist pressure to overprescribe antibiotics
A JOINT letter from UK dental organisations is urging dentists to follow guidance on appropriate antibiotic prescribing, even with changes in standard operating procedures to reduce face-to-face contact.
Delay in Government response to the Paterson Inquiry
THE Government has announced that its formal written response to the Paterson Inquiry will be delayed due to "diverted resources" in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
Review to track ethnicity in COVID-19 cases
A GOVERNMENT review into the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities must be informed by real-time data collection, says the BMA.
PPE guidance for NHS teams
GUIDANCE on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in medical and dental care has been published by clinical leaders across the UK.
Concern over patients avoiding emergency care
RECORD low attendances at emergency departments in England over the month of March have led to concerns that people with serious health problems are not seeking emergency care out of fear of COVID-19.
Follow NICE guidelines on managing severe breathlessness in COVID-19
THE GMC has released a statement encouraging doctors to follow NICE guidance on the use of an opioid-benzodiazepine combination for patients with coronavirus who are suffering moderate to severe breathlessness.
Maintain national immunisation programmes
IT is crucial to maintain national immunisation programmes “where safely and practicably possible” during the coronavirus outbreak, says the Scottish Government.
Mental health hotline for medics dealing with COVID-19
A HOTLINE has been launched offering psychological and other support for NHS staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
Ethical guidance in treating COVID-19 patients
NEW guidance on ethical decision-making in the management of COVID-19 has been published by the office of the CMO in Scotland.