• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

2 Contact Hours

Author(s): John F. Kross, DMD, MSc
Peer Reviewer(s): John A. Molinari, PhD
Item#: L0263
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)
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Infection Control, Cross Contamination, and Instrument Sterilization Techniques

Price $19.95
Item # L0263
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Original Release Date: February 17, 2011
Review Date: February 15, 2014
Expiration Date: February 14, 2017

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.

Course Objectives
  • Describe universal and standard precautions and protective equipment in the dental office.
  • Recognize the factors governing treatment of patient-care items.
  • Describe infection control procedures and the steps necessary prior to sterilizing dental instruments.
  • Discuss the sterilization processes most commonly used for dental instruments.
John F. Kross, DMD, MSc, received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry Medical Center of Delaware. His professional training and experience includes practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware and New London, Pennsylvania and instructing students at Delaware Technical and Community College in oral pathology. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery fixed partial prosthodontics periodontics and endodontics. He has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education since 1991.
John A. Molinari, PhD, is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. He has published scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. His activities also include serving as a consultant for the CDC, ADA, and hospitals in the Detroit area in the areas of infectious disease and infection 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.