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    Dental Ethics and the Digital Age - 3-Hour

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0724  

    Release Date: January 15, 2016

    Expiration Date: January 14, 2019

    The Hippocratic Oath provides medical practitioners with a framework for the ethical practice of medicine by professing a set of obligations to which physicians are bound. As is evident from the language of the oath, Hippocrates believed that the practice of medicine was both an art and a privilege and that patients had rights of their own.

    Dentistry has adopted many of the ideals of the Hippocratic Oath into its current professional codes of ethics as well as the oaths that dental and hygiene students take upon graduation from dental school. The American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Codes of Professional Conduct (ADA Code) and the Code of Ethics of the American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA) are living documents and are revised periodically to address new ethical issues that arise within the profession. The practice of dentistry is multifaceted. Not only must dental professionals have the technical skills to treat patients appropriately and safely, they must also practice within a professional ethical framework that is sometimes more challenging than the dental procedures themselves.

    This basic-level course helps dental professionals gain a better understanding of dental ethics, professionalism, and current ethical challenges to the profession, with particular emphasis on the impact of the digital age. Dental ethics have deep roots in history and this course takes an in-depth look at the events that forged the basis of modern day ethics and professionalism in dentistry. Our electronic world is expanding exponentially and advancing technology provides both opportunities and challenges. Dental professionals may be eager to incorporate the latest technologies into their practices and into their private lives, but must consider the ethical implications of doing so. This course explores some of the issues in this new frontier, for example, the rise of cyberbullying and the dentist’s obligation in these cases. Using a systematic, case-based approach, this course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with the tools to recognize and navigate through the complex ethical issues that may arise in today’s practice.

    AGD Subject Code: 555

    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

    Fulfills Ethics requirement in the following states: Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

    Radiation Health, Safety, and Protection, 2nd Edition

    Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
    Item # L0796  

    Release Date: July 31, 2013

    Review Date: November 11, 2016

    Expiration Date: November 10, 2019

    Understanding the forms of radiation and the risks and effects associated with dental radiography is essential to providing the highest quality of care to the dental patient. Appropriate for all dental professionals, this basic-level course outlines radiation risk, the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, and the measurement and regulation of radiation dose.  The course discusses the ALARA concept, its application in dentistry, and best practices to reduce radiation exposure to the dental patient. The necessity for diagnostic radiographs is essential, and the risk associated with these radiographs is minimal. However, all radiation exposure has the potential to cause biological damage, and radiation damage is cumulative over an individual’s lifetime. Therefore, an informed dental professional who has a broad knowledge of the nature of ionizing radiation and its potential health effects is best able to convey accurate information and a professional attitude that engenders patient confidence. It is important to educate patients with regard to potential risks and how those risks should be expressed and managed as well as how they compare with other normal activities. Dental professionals should encourage patients to be risk informed and to take an active role in managing their own safety and health concerns.

     

    AGD Subject Code: 165
     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

    Management of Medical Emergencies: An Update, 2nd Edition

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0792  

    Release Date: November 2, 2013

    Review Date: November 25, 2016

    Expiration Date: November 24, 2019

    The 21st century will be characterized by major shifts in the age and health of the U.S. population. Approximately 14.5% of the U.S. population is age 65 or older and this percentage is increasing. More than one third of this population reports some type of disability or disease, including Type 2 diabetes mellitus which is associated with accelerated macrovascular and microvascular diseases and a much greater risk of myocardial infarction or stroke.

    In addition to the increased risks associated with the elderly population, we are also seeing a significant increase in the incidence of asthma and atopic disease, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus and the incidence of obesity in children and young adults.

    As a result of these changes in the age and health of the U.S. population, emergent events are likely to increase in the dental office. It is essential that dental professionals be prepared to manage medical emergencies effectively and efficiently.

    This basic-level course details the three major components of managing medical emergencies in the dental office: prevention, recognition, and treatment. Appropriate for all dental professionals, the course discusses the importance of obtaining a thorough medical history of each patient as well as the need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of life-threatening emergencies. The symptoms and treatment for patients with inadequate blood flow to the brain, inadequate delivery of oxygen to the brain, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and allergic reactions are described.

     

    Fulfills the medical emergencies requirement in the following states: CT (DDS), FL (DDS with anesthesia permit), MN (DDS, RDH, RDA), OR (DDS & RDH), and VT (DDS, RDH, RDA).

     

    AGD Subject Code: 142

    Infection Control, Cross Contamination, and Instrument Sterilization Techniques, Updated 1st Edition

    Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
    Item # L0807  

    Release Date: February 17, 2011

    Review Date: December 22, 2016

    Expiration Date: December 21, 2019

    This course is a refresher for dental professionals on infection control cross-contamination and instrument sterilization techniques. Areas addressed include infection control guidelines; understanding standard versus universal precautions; sterilization and disinfection of patient care items; goals for ensuring disease containment through proper instrument recirculation techniques; handling of contaminated instruments from the treatment room through precleaning cleaning and preparation for sterilization; the most commonly used (and accepted) methods of dental instrument sterilization; environmental infection control; dental unit waterlines biofilm and water quality; and other infection control considerations.

     

    AGD Subject Code: 148
     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

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