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ADA Credits: 3 | AGD Credits: 3 | Cost: $29.00

Pathways to Infection Prevention

Categories: Infection Control

Author(s): Fiona Collins

Course Type: elearning

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists


Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide the reader with information on infection prevention. On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1.Describe the chain of infection and modes of transmission

2.List the elements involved in the daily infection prevention cycle

3.Review the importance of hand hygiene, appropriate procedures, and factors that influence compliance with hand hygiene

4.List and describe the steps involved in the treatment of clinical contact surfaces

5.Delineate each step in instrument processing

6.Describe the activities necessary at the beginning and end of each day


To prevent the transmission of microorganisms and disease, a robust infection control program is required. The guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control provide recommendations for infection control in the dental healthcare settings, and in order to break the chain of infection and prevent disease transmission attention to every detail of infection control procedures is required. Steps include those required at the beginning and end of the day, and repeated procedures that are performed for each and every patient. CDC guidelines, OSHA and EPA regulations must be followed and appropriate FDA-cleared supplies used for infection control.

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ADA Credits: 3 | AGD Credits: 3 | Cost: $29.00

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