• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

3 Contact Hours

Author(s): Marie T. Fluent, DDS
Peer Reviewer(s): Kathy Eklund, RDH, MPH
Item#: L0216
Contents: 1 Course Book (42 pages)
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CDC Infection Control Guidelines and the Practice of Dental Hygiene

Price $29.95
Item # L0216
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Original Release Date: October 10, 2011
Review Date: September 5, 2014
Expiration Date: September 4, 2017

The responsibilities of the dental hygienist are increasing and ever changing with broadening educational opportunities and advancements in technology. In addition to clinical care responsibilities, hygienists are primarily responsible for the infection control procedures in their operatory because most of their services are provided independently. The majority of a hygienist's clinical hours are spent semi-privately with patients who rely on the dental staff to ensure that proper infection control procedures are followed. Thus it is imperative that the dental hygienist is conscientious competent and current with guidelines and regulations regarding infection control in the dental healthcare setting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the dental hygienist with the CDC’s most up-to-date Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. 

AGD Subject Code: 148

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the significance of the "Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings 2003".
  • Discuss the background of the Guidelines.
  • Identify the components of the Guidelines as they pertain to dental hygiene.
  • Apply the Guidelines to the clinical practice of dental hygiene.
Marie T. Fluent, DDS, is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She has enjoyed more than 20 years of dental practice in Virginia, Maryland, and Michigan and currently is in private practice in the greater Ann Arbor community. Dr. Fluent is an adjunct clinical lecturer for the University of Michigan and a clinical instructor in the Dental Assisting Program at Washtenaw Community College, where she also serves on its Board of Directors. Dr. Fluent is the dental liaison with the Grace Clinic, a provider of medical and dental care services to the underserved population of Washtenaw County, Michigan. She is an assistant editor for THE DENTAL ADVISOR and lectures and presents hands-on workshops, both nationally and internationally, on the topic of infection control in the dental office.
Kathy Eklund, RDH, MPH, is the Director of Infection Control and Occupational Health and Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate at the Forsythe Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an adjunct associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Eklund is a past Chair of the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) and served as Secretary of the OSAP Foundation. She has played an active role on several committees of the American Dental Hygienists Association, most recently the Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force. Ms. Eklund has lectured nationally and internationally, published numerous articles, and contributed to several textbooks on infection prevention and control.
  • Courses must be completed within 1 year of the date of purchase or by the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.