Rapid Review of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry

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SDCEP, with the support of Cochrane Oral Health, is coordinating a rapid review of the international evidence related to aerosol generating procedures in dental healthcare. A UK-wide working group with topic experts (including medical virology and aerobiology), representatives of the general, public and hospital dental services and patients.

The working group, chaired by Prof. Jeremy Bagg, held its first meeting to confirm the scope of the rapid review on 26 June 2020.

The scope of this rapid review(PDF) is provided here for information.

Related work

Related relevant work being carried out by others, includes:

NHS NSS SBAR on Ventilation in dental surgeries

NHS National Services Scotland (NHS NSS) has published “SBAR Ventilation, water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19“.  The document examines the current evidence base for requirements for ventilation as a control strategy and the modeling of AGPs. NHS NSS state that it is not intended as specific formal guidance in itself, but to provide recommendations to help inform future policy and the development of guidance.  This document had been produced by a short life working group led by Health Facilities Scotland that included representation from all four UK nations.  SDCEP was not part of this group.

COVID-19 Dental Services Evidence Review (CoDER) Working Group rapid review of AGPs and their mitigation in international guidelines.

The CoDER group has now published a rapid review to assess how dental aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) are defined in international dental guidelines and what mitigation procedures are recommended.  Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents – A Rapid Review is available on the Cochrane Oral Health website.

SDCEP has contributed to the CoDER’s work, which is a multiagency collaboration involving Cochrane Oral Health, the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Manchester, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Education for Scotland.