About Course #L0926
Review Date: August 27, 2018
Expiration Date: August 27, 2021
Original Release Date: December 29, 2016
Infection control is vital to the safe, effective treatment of patients in the dental office. This basic-level course is a refresher for dental healthcare 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
- 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.
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.
About the Author(s)
John F. Kross, MSc, DMD, received his doctorate in dental medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. Dr. Kross completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Center of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). Dr. Kross' professional training and experience include practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and in New London, Pennsylvania, as well as instructing students at Delaware Technical Community College in oral pathology. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. Dr. Kross has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education courses since 1991.
- 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.
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- There are no prerequisites for this course.