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Est-il possible d'avoir des pratiques respectueuses de l'environnement en période de crise sanitaire au cabinet dentaire ?

Abstract : Hygienic guidelines within the dental office have continuously evolved with scientific achievements and new diseases. SARS-CoV-2, which appeared at the end of 2019, has led to a change in professional practices as well as the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used. This virus has known several mutations, but the sanitary rules are still efficient and in-place protocols will be prolonged. Furthermore, it is likely that new epidemics will appear, linked to environmental deterioration. Before 2019, the medical care sector was responsible for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. Medical wastes, whose volume is more than 6 times bigger as before the pandemic, are mostly considered as infectious wastes and must eliminated following strict protocols, incompatible with environmentally sustainable practices. Some rules allow to reduce the impact: incineration rather than landfill; incineration site close to the dental office. Therefore, even if it is necessary to keep the security standards during our practices, some environment-friendly alternatives exist (washable gowns, purchase of locally produced masks, wood pulp visors) or are under development (masks made from wheat gluten biopolymer; 3D printing with change of some filtering parts). Due to the shortage of PPE at the beginning of the crisis, these alternatives are increasingly developed. However, it is critical to check the scientific interests of these innovations, as they may be unnecessary or even dangerous.
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Maëlle Herouart. Est-il possible d'avoir des pratiques respectueuses de l'environnement en période de crise sanitaire au cabinet dentaire ?. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2021. ⟨dumas-03335224⟩

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