Dental accreditation needs to be meaningful, and sustainable. Technology can make a real difference to the workload of all staff members and hence communication. Check out how Smartdentist can work with your ADA QIP policies.
New Staff induction – made really really convenient.
SmartDentist now enables you to set which policies are relevant for each occupation at your practice. We have set them initially and you have the flexibility to change them. (Set once and you don’t need to worry about New staff induction next time)
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Set your staff training goals or your own goals now on SmartDentist. Especially handy for those practices doing ADA QIP accreditation against the ACSQHC National Healthcare Standards.
In the very first ADA|QIP policy on governance, practices are asked to commit to staff training, including accreditation training. Now dental practices have an easy way of managing staff training.
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I recently attended a meeting talking about the new “ADA Introductory Dental Practice Accreditation Scheme“. Quite early in the meeting one of the dentists who had completed the accreditation said, “I think you should removed the word “Quality” from your publications if you want dentists to understand them”!
Wow! Get rid of quality!
Absolutely no – that was NOT what he meant. What he was trying to say was that for Dentists QUALITY means:
- We do a fantastic colour-matched filling or crown with beautifully finished margins.
Because this is NOT the type of quality referred to with accreditation confusion occurs. Many dentists have signed up for accreditation without understanding the National standards (ACSQHC) and have been bitterly disappointed and surprised.
The ADA Introductory Dental Practice Accreditation Scheme would be better described as an introduction to dental practice safety processes “Accreditation Scheme”. There are many benefits in checking over the way your practice undertakes staff and patient safety procedures.e.g.
- When did you last update or complete at your staff’s immunisation records?
- What sort of new staff induction do you run?
- Have your staff been kept up-to-date with confidentiality requirements (e.g. social media)?
- Are you sure you are recording your sterilising processes correctly?
At SmartDentist we have started the “try before you buy” accreditation page so you can work through the accreditation requirements BEFORE you pay out for the “Introduction to accreditation” certificate. We believe that if the requirements for accreditation are a good idea – then dental practices should be encouraged to do them whether they pay for a certificate or not.
Isn’t the aim to encourage safe practice?
Let’s make it easy and transparent.
Dental Policies and Procedures on SmartDentist are practical and not dust collectors. Smartdentist model for dental practice policies and procedures is seeing more and more subscription from a couple of different types of dental practice. Choosing a dentist could a daunting task, let us make it easy for you. Here’s why you should choose Highland Oak Dental for your dentistry needs in Frisco, TX.
- Dental Practices who have rarely looked at their printed Dental Policies and Procedures.
These dental practices are very aware of Dental Board legal requirements for an Infection Control Manual. Dentist like to see themselves running “best practice”. On a practical level these dental practices are time short; have long-term staff who are skilled in doing their job, not writing about it!
These are Dental Practices aware that having current policies and procedures is GOOD RISK MANAGEMENT. SmartDentist Templated Policies and Procedures are in “bite sized” chunks and written with a normal dental practice in mind. Anyone can modify these ready-made policies to fit their own practice model (if necessary).
- Multi-site or bigger dental practices are becoming a big part of SmartDentist content management for policies and procedures. Often experienced Dental Practice Managers have become very aware that policies and procedures can be useful for:
a) Efficiency: reducing variations in multi-staff environments
b) New staff orientation: professional and quick orientation programs were written lists make for better training.
c) Communication: using email to let staff know about changes.
d) Convenience: One place; online for 24/7 access
e) Cost saving and time-saving: Most office managers love to work with teams and not spend days on paperwork.
Smartdentist content management has features not available anywhere else. Smartdentist is a solution rather than a system!
Why SmartDentist Content Management Solution for Policies and Procedure
SmartDentist constantly works towards making usefulness the focus of policies and procedures. Our innovations are things we want for our own practice, and we keep improving to make using policies and procedures practical and worthwhile for big or small organisations. Rarely do you get insights into other dental practices policies and procedures: In SmartDentist you will find an expanding range of policies and procedures which can be adapted to serve regulation compliance and practical solutions. User friendly!
For dental practices by dental practices.
How to make your own workable Infection Control Manual
I have heard dentist say they do have an infection control manual because they have the ADA Infection Control Guidelines!
It’s a great start but it is not what the Dental Board or the ADA wants you to consider as your OWN Infection Control Manual.
However if you want to do your own manual you can’t start at a better place than the ADA guidelines. Try the following to make your own practical manual –
- Print off the whole of the ADA Infection Control Guidelines
- Cut the guidelines up into sections representing work zones in your own clinic.
e.g. What part of the guidelines gives insights into the actions of what part of your clinic?
- Label pieces of paper according to work zones or work procedures.
e.g. cleaning up after patients.
- Put the heading “Policy” onto those labelled pieces of paper and then stick the printed part of the ADA guideline onto that paper.
- Follow the policy with the word -“Procedures”.
- Get the staff to write down “point form” (e.g. as a list) what actions they take. You can also video with your iPhone instead of writing and have an online procedure.
- Do the same with the ADA practical guides and then the Standards Australia reprocessing standard.
- Congrats you have a practical procedure manual. (alternatively subscribe to SmartDentist)
What does the Dental Board of Australia and other regulators want?
The DBA wants you to DO what your policies and procedures say you do!
SmartDentist helps with small readable, discussion type training exercise’s in the areas of infection control where we get the most questions.
SmartDentist encourages the use of practical procedures which are linked to; but separated from lengthy formal policies.
Changes in Dental Practice
Dental practice moves forward with the times. Computers are common place. Each staff has a smart phone. Often it is an iPhone. Gone are the days when dental practices were advised that the best manual was a printed dust collector.
Dentists time is best spent in the clinic doing what they are trained for.
Consider SmartDentist…it’s just the smart way to go.