Code of Ethics
A Code of Ethics is a document that is designed to set out acceptable behaviours that registrants of a profession are expected to incorporate into their practice. As well, a Code of Ethics can also increase confidence in a governing body by indicating to the public that registrants of the organization are committed to following basic ethical guidelines in the course of providing treatment.
Know the Act to Know How to Act
The CDHM Legislation Update, Know the Act… to Know How to Act, was presented on April 23, 2014. The presentation focused on clarifying supervision and practice setting requirements and highlighting informative resources to enable RDHs to answer questions about practicing dental hygiene in Manitoba.
CDHM Interpretation Guidelines
“Practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances” (Institute of Medicine, 1990). Practice or interpretation guidelines define the role of specific assessment and treatment modalities in the management of clients. The purpose of interpretation guidelines is to support clinicians and clients in making appropriate decisions about health care.
*This section is currently being updated. The former “Practice Guidelines” are being updated to the current “Interpretation Guideline” format. The College recognizes that some evidence may also require updating. These guidelines remain in place at this time, however, readers are welcome to contact the CDHM office if they have questions about the application of these Practice and Interpretation Guidelines in the interim time.
- Interpretation Guideline for Practice Settings Requirements
- Interpretation Guideline for Supervision Requirements
- Interpretation Guideline for Temporary Restorations
- Interpretation Guideline for Interim Stabilization Therapy (IST)
- Interpretation Guideline for Cardiac Implanted Electrical Devices (CIED) and Ultrasonic Instrumentation
- Interpretation Guideline for Occupational Blood or Bodily Fluid Exposures
- Interpretation Guideline for Vital Tooth Whitening
- Interpretation Guidelines for CPR
- Practice Guidelines for the Use of Oraqix
- Practice Guideline for the Administration of Oral Anaesthetic
- Practice Guideline for Dental Radiography
- Practice Guideline for Record Keeping
CDHM Position Statements
While Interpretation Guidelines focus on treatment modalities within dental hygiene scope of practice, there are some treatments offered in oral health settings that dental hygienists may not perform in Manitoba. The purpose of position statements is to highlight these treatments and support clinicians and clients in making appropriate decisions related to oral health care.
- Position Statement for Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Conscious Sedation
- Position Statement for the Removal of Implant Supported Crowns and/or Fixed Prostheses
CDHM Practice Standards
The College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba Practice Standards define and describe dental hygiene practice in the province of Manitoba. Dental hygiene is a health profession involving theory and evidence-based practice. Dental hygiene theory and practice draw on biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences and the body of dental hygiene knowledge. The practice of dental hygiene involves collaboration with clients, other health professionals and society to achieve and maintain optimal oral health, an integral part of well-being. The Practice Standards are divided into 5 categories;
- Professional Responsibilities
- Dental Hygiene Process Assessment
- Dental Hygiene Process Planning
- Dental Hygiene Process Implementation
- Dental Hygiene Process Evaluation