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RULE §108.25Dental Health Care Workers

(a) All dental health care workers shall comply with the universal precautions, as recommended for dentistry by the Centers for Disease Control and required by THSC, §§85.202, et seq, 1991, as amended, in the care, handling, and treatment of patients in the dental office or other setting where dental procedures of any type may be performed.

(b) All dental health care workers who have exudative lesions or weeping dermatitis shall refrain from contact with equipment, devices, and appliances that may be used for or during patient care, where such contact holds potential for blood or body fluid contamination, and shall refrain from all patient care and contact until condition(s) resolves unless barrier techniques would prevent patient contact with the dental health care worker's blood or body fluid.

(c) A dental health care worker(s) who knows he/she is infected with HIV or HBV and who knows he/she is HbeAg positive shall report his/her health status to an expert review panel, pursuant to provisions of THSC, §§85.204, et seq, 1991, as amended.

(d) A dental health care worker who is infected with HIV or HBV and is HbeAg positive shall notify a prospective patient of the dental health care worker's seropositive status and obtain the patient's consent before the patient undergoes an exposure-prone procedure performed by the notifying dental health care worker.

(e) All dental care workers should receive a tuberculin skin test at least annually, or if it is discovered they have been exposed. The Board encourages compliance with the guidelines for tuberculosis testing and control recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of Health, or their successor agencies.

Source Note: The provisions of this §108.25 adopted to be effective February 20, 2001, 26 TexReg 1494; amended to be effective September 21, 2004, 29 TexReg 9005

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