Prof. Dr. Metodi Abadzhiev, DMD, PhD, DSc, on the skill to deal with the greatest challenge of 2020
The current year brought to humanity as a whole and to medical professionals in particular a challenge that literally defined the life and death of thousands of people. But true professionals have proven that even a pandemic of the COVID-19 scale is not able to stop their work, when timely preventive measures were taken. Abadzhievi Dental Centre and Centre for Dental Prosthetics is a case in point. The clinic continued working throughout the emergency situation with keeping up with the highest standards of contamination prevention. The founder of the clinic, Prof. Dr. Metodi Abadzhiev, DMD, PhD, DSc, tells more.
What are the main risks that you and your patients face in the current situation?
The nature of our work, namely the use of high-speed rotary instruments with water cooling that create a large aerosol cloud in the work space has always asked for strict measures to prevent spread of a number of diseases. Besides, we have always worked in the so-called "intimate" space of the patient, at a distance of 20-30 cm from their face.
What protective measures do you take?
It is a matter of professional ethics and responsibility to protect both us and the clinic's staff, and our patients. Masks, gloves and protective eyewear have always been the main means for personal protection of dentists and dental clinic staff. The face shields that gained popularity in the recent months have been used in dentistry for years.
That is why the changes that we introduced in our activity following the advice of competent professionals were not much different from the ones we had used previously. Consequently, we did not change significantly our work organisation.
What principles did you apply in the clinic?
When a patient would call to book a visit, a dentist performed an anamnesis to decide the possible risk, evaluating the patient's suffering and the urgency of their state in regard of presence of COVID-19 symptoms, contacts with ill or infected individuals, as well as recent trips abroad.
We optimised the schedule in order to avoid gathering of patients in the common spaces. We opened a new exit from the clinic so that we could create an organisation of movement of patients in one direction without them "crossing paths" in the corridors. Disinfectants for personal use were at patients' disposal.
Floors and surfaces were disinfected on the hour. Besides dental offices, common spaces were also disinfected after each patient. We introduced as well disinfection with UVC light of offices and all other rooms.
We also used individual surgery clothes that before the quarantine were used only in surgeries.
As a result of these measures we continued working without a pause and were of help to our patients during the emergency state, while keeping the trust we have gained through the years.
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