The administration at Georgia State University (GSU) Perimeter College stepped up to the plate with unprecedented support as the dental hygiene program faced new challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dental hygiene students, faculty and staff have expressed sincere appreciation for the significant financial investments made to the clinic, providing a safe space for them and patients.
“We could not have opened the dental hygiene clinic this fall without the support we received from Georgia State University,” says Risa Handman, RDH, M.D.H., Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Dental Hygiene Program. “The changes to our clinic and the new equipment purchased by the university are keeping us safe and positively affecting student learning. Patients feel safe coming our clinic, which provides our students a variety of clinical experiences to help prepare them for entry into the profession.”
New tempered glass barriers were installed between each of the 20 dental hygiene clinic operatories. The barriers provide seven feet of separation from floor to ceiling, preventing the spread of aerosols generated during dental hygiene procedures. GSU also purchased a large supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to defray the costs of additional PPE to students. Three HEPA filters and a new extra oral high-volume evacuation system were installed to help filter the air and control aerosols generated in the clinic.
Second-year students began seeing patients at the start of fall semester. They are proud to demonstrate these measures to patients, providing reassurances that the university is taking precautions to ensure their safety during the pandemic.
Courtesy of Risa Handman, RDH, MDH, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Dental Hygiene Program, Georgia State University Perimeter College
Published on October 14, 2020