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Release Date: July 30, 2013
Review Date: May 16, 2016
Expiration Date: May 15, 2019
In the course of the provision of dental care, patients and dental healthcare personnel can be exposed to pathogens through contact with blood, oral and respiratory secretions, and contaminated equipment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strives to provide recommendations for infection control in the dental office that are clear, practical, and evidence based. Most of today’s practicing dentists work in a private practice setting, in which patients are seen in an outpatient ambulatory care facility. Without the benefit of working with an infection control specialist, it becomes the dentist’s responsibility to monitor and recommend safe practices.
For the purpose of education, training should be provided to all new employees. Training should also be included with any new procedures that are introduced that may pose a risk. It is important to remember in designing a training program that material and content should be appropriate to the duties of the employee and taught at a level of understanding for every individual involved.
This basic-level course provides an overview of standard precautions and routine practice for infection control in a dental practice. The concept of the "chain of infection" is explained along with the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and eyewear. Proper instrument sterilization techniques are outlined.
AGD Subject Code: 148
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
- Describe the modes and mechanisms of transmission of pathogenic organisms.
- Identify the engineering and work practice controls used to prevent infection.
- Describe current practices for preventing percutaneous injuries.
- Outline effective hand hygiene practices.
- Describe the proper use of personal protective equipment.
- Differentiate between disinfection and sterilization.
Eric Levine, DDS, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland. Dr. Levine also maintains a private practice in Olney, Maryland, with a focus on restorative dentistry. His research interests include the study of dental materials and incorporating technology into practice and teaching.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- 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.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.