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Walter J. Psoter, Cyril Meyerowitz
The Journal of the American Dental Association; doi:10.1016/j.adaj.2020.09.001

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COVID-19 is an ongoing example of a disaster—in fact, a catastrophic event—that informs the breadth of potential roles for dentists to assist their communities in addressing surge workforce demands. In localities facing these demands and those approaching their peak COVID-19 caseloads, we have been reminded daily of the shortage of personnel and the extensive shift hours for emergency departments and intensive care units, as well as for units with COVID-19 patients who are ill but not in critical condition. COVID-19 units are demanding environments requiring comfort and diligence with personal protective equipment for protecting staff members, patients, and staff families. Although the personnel surge requirements are particularly in need of ventilator-literate staff members, employees in all positions—whether practitioners, nurses, housekeepers, or orderlies—are under stress in terms of availability, working time, and psychological impact.1American Medical AssociationManaging mental health during COVID-19.https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/managing-mental-health-during-covid-19Date accessed: April 25, 2020Google Scholar The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) has organized a voluntary dental personnel redeployment system (for personnel in excess of those needed for dental emergency coverage) to assist in COVID-19 patient care.2National Health ServiceRedeploying the clinical dental workforce to support the NHS clinical delivery plan for COVID-19.https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/04/C0301-Permissions-Redeploying-our-people-clinical-dental-workforce-v2.pdfDate accessed: June 4, 2020Google Scholar A call for dental volunteers by the chief dental officer of England saw a temporary recruitment pause on April 27, 2020, to process the initial 22,000 applications by dental personnel.3National Health ServiceTemporary pause in recruitment to NHS clinical dental redeployment volunteers. April 27, 2020.https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/returning-clinicians/dental-professionals/Date accessed: April 27, 2020Google Scholar The United Kingdom’s approach and the profession’s response to this critical surge demand demonstrates both the practicality of using dental personnel and the commitment of the dental profession to contribute to a critical societal necessity, even at personal risk. In fact, the NHS document titled “Redeploying the Clinical Dental Workforce to Support the NHS Clinical Delivery Plan for COVID-19”2National Health ServiceRedeploying the clinical dental workforce to support the NHS clinical delivery plan for COVID-19.https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/04/C0301-Permissions-Redeploying-our-people-clinical-dental-workforce-v2.pdfDate accessed: June 4, 2020Google Scholar represents a thoughtful systematic approach to assessing skills and defining a full range of potential roles. This document is applicable to other local, regional, national, and international disasters, the response to which often entails a surge workforce need component. In the United States, tapping into dental personnel resources could be considered in a surge critical workforce environment during a disaster.
Randolph Todd, Scott Resnick, Thomas Zicarelli, Courtney Linenberg, Jennifer Donelson, Christina Boyd
The Journal of the American Dental Association; doi:10.1016/j.adaj.2020.07.025

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Richard J. Vargo, Amna Qureshi
The Journal of the American Dental Association; doi:10.1016/j.adaj.2020.08.020

The Journal of the American Dental Association, Volume 151; doi:10.1016/s0002-8177(20)30676-0

Cameron G. Estrich, Matthew Mikkelsen, Rachel Morrissey, Maria L. Geisinger, Effie Ioannidou, Marko Vujicic, Marcelo W.B. Araujo
The Journal of the American Dental Association, Volume 151, pp 815-824; doi:10.1016/j.adaj.2020.09.005

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