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    San Diego Market Dental Staff Transition to New Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction



    Story by Seaman Raphael McCorey 

    Naval Medical Center San Diego

    SAN DIEGO - San Diego Market dental staff have implemented the new Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI) 6410.02 San Diego Sept. 1, 2021.
    DHA-PI is a new instruction outlining an enterprise-wide (Navy, Army, Air Force) Dental Universal Protocol to be utilized in all dental clinics. Its aim is in preventing patient harm events and eliminating wrong site surgery/procedures and associated root causes such as ineffective communication, by having all providers utilize the same approach, regardless of which treatment facility they may be working in.
    “Although using a universal protocol check list is not new to Navy dentistry, I like the fact that this DHA policy standardizes the process across all dental clinics of the Navy, Army and Air Force, thus establishing a unified approach to ensuring the correct procedure for the correct patient on the correct site,” said Cmdr. Joshua Treesh, Chief Dental Officer of the San Diego Market. “As DHA transitions to a new electronic health record, efforts are underway to further enhance efficiencies by incorporating the work flow into the electronic health record.”
    To ensure seamless integration of the new instruction, San Diego Market dental staff, which consists of Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, worked in collaboration with 1st Dental Battalion, to create the first market-level standard operating procedure (SOP) in compliance with the new instruction to be utilized throughout 20 clinics in the San Diego area.
    “It was a very smooth process from the beginning,” said Treesh. “The team worked collaboratively using the overarching DHA instruction, and created the Market SOP, which has been adopted and approved for use across all San Diego-area dental clinics.”
    A Universal Protocol, consists of three key steps: conducting a pre-procedure checklist, physically marking the procedure site and performing a time-out to verify the correct patient, correct record and correct treatment site.
    “One of DHA’s priorities is great outcomes: ensuring high quality clinical care and a top notch patient experience,” said Treesh. “This standardized protocol ensures that the nation’s warfighters, their families and all eligible beneficiaries receive the highest quality safe care, anytime and anywhere.”
    The new DHA Dental Universal Protocol focuses on evidenced-based strategies to optimize patient safety, and the prevention of patient harm events through standardized, high-reliability principles and processes.
    NMRTC San Diego’s mission is to prepare service members to deploy in support of operational forces, deliver high quality healthcare services and shape the future of military medicine through education, training and research. NMRTC San Diego employs more than 6,000 active duty military personnel, civilians and contractors in Southern California to provide patents with world-class care anytime, anywhere.
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    Date Taken: 04.01.2022
    Date Posted: 04.14.2022 13:12
    Story ID: 417650
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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