Pathways to Infection Prevention

Cost: $39.00
ADA Credits: 3

AGD Credits: 3
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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.

About the Author

Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA, FPFA, is a graduate of the University of Glasgow Dental School, Scotland and holds an MBA and MA from Boston University. She is a published author in the areas of infection control, dental caries and prevention, dentifrices, biofilm, patient compliance and tobacco cessation. She has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics and given presentations in North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. During her career, she has lived and worked in five countries. Dr. Collins is a faculty member at OSAP CORE Boot Camp meetings, the continuing education editor for Dental Learning, editor of the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s ‘Dental World’ newsletter and a consultant. She is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a member of the American Dental Association, the ADA Standards Committee working groups on dental terminology and sterilizers, and the Organization for Asepsis, Safety and Prevention (OSAP). Dr. Collins lives in Colorado with her husband.

SPONSOR/PROVIDER: This is a Dental Learning, LLC continuing education activity.

DESIGNATION STATEMENTS: Dental Learning, LLC is an ADA CERP recognized provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Dental Learning, LLC designates this activity for 3 CE credits. Dental Learning, LLC is also designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership, and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 2/1/2012 - 1/31/2016. Provider ID: # 346890. Dental Learning, LLC is a Dental Board of California CE provider. The California Provider number is RP5062. This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.

EDUCATIONAL METHODS: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity. Information shared in this course is based on current information and evidence.

REGISTRATION: The cost of this CE course is $39.00 for 3 CE credits.

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2013.


REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity, participants must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation and obtain a score of at least 70%.

AUTHENTICITY STATEMENT: The images in this course have not been altered.

SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT: Information shared in this continuing education activity is developed from clinical research and represents the most current information available from evidence-based dentistry.

KNOWN BENEFITS AND LIMITATIONS: Information in this continuing education activity is derived from data and information obtained from the reference section.

EDUCATIONAL DISCLAIMER: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

PROVIDER DISCLOSURE: Dental Learning does not have a leadership position or a commercial interest in any products that are mentioned in this article. No manufacturer or third party has had any input into the development of course content.

CE PLANNER DISCLOSURE: The planner of this course, Tricia Branch, does not have a leadership or commercial interest in any products or services discussed in this educational activity. She can be reached at

TARGET AUDIENCE: This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and assistants, from novice to skilled.

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