Review of international guidelines on AGPs published

28 July, 2020 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

A rapid review of how dental aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) are defined in international guidelines – and a summary of what mitigation procedures are recommended in each country – has been published.

The review is the work of a group of researchers and clinicians from a range of UK institutions.

The group was led by Jan Clarkson, Professor of Clinical Effectiveness at Dundee University and Director of the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP), and Craig Ramsay, Professor and Director of the Health Services Research Unit at Aberdeen University.

The aim of the review is to support decision-makers and to inform a rapid review of AGPs, in general, being undertaken by the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP).

This review reports on national recommendation for AGPs and their mitigation in 58 countries. Among its findings are that there is a “highly variable level of details provided across international resources”.

While 98 per cent of countries state that AGPs can be provided for non-COVID patients, the review concludes: “There is a lack of evidence provided to support the majority of recommendations in the documents.”

Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents – A Rapid Review. Clarkson J, Ramsay C, Richards D, Robertson C, & Aceves-Martins M; on behalf of the CoDER Working Group (2020).

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