April 29, 2020
We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association® (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies' recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (619) 493-2103 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. David Flamenco and Team
We have been working on a reusable mask due to the shortage of proper PPE on the front line. It took about two weeks to finish, but, so far, it's working great! The next step will be making them in clear surgical guide resin or PETG to be able to use Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) to sanitize them. No expensive filters were purchased for this. We are using HEPA filters that are technically N100 better than N95 and with a way better seal (99% particle filtration vs. N95's 95% with a MERV rating of 13). Definitely beats wearing loose-fitting masks.
The sandwich technique can be used as well. Non-woven polypropylene sandwiched between two coffee filters or one coffee filter before the polypropylene depends on your tolerance to resistance while breathing. Thank you to my wife (Natasha Kotha Flamenco), son (Raja) and staff for putting up with me. I'm thankful that my wife came up with the idea while we were brainstorming on ways we can help with our digital dental office and supported us.
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This mask is my modification of different files to create a screw-type mask that has a more readily available filter that can be made at home or office. We will be donating these masks to nearby hospitals ASAP. Your contribution is to help us continue this project and gather the materials necessary to make this happen. There have been weeks on end (night and day) of dedication to this since we are trying to protect the medical, dental, and emergency response teams as soon as possible.
We are also redesigning face shields to allow the use of loupes while working so that we can keep performing at our optimum level of experience. The face shields will also be donated. The .stl files I have modified and edited are available to print on your own if you would like. Instructions on how to fabricate these masks will be available soon.
Thank you to all those that have contributed in their own way and for feedback.
Assembly instructions for those who have received the HDST mask:
A link to our GoFundMe page: