IC 2019

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Pathways to Infection Prevention: An Update

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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

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Abstract

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.
 

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

An Update on Instrument Processing

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Educational Objectives

The overall objective of this article is to provide the reader with information on instrument processing. On completing this article, the reader will be able to do the following:

1. Define the elements of the chain of infection;

2. Delineate and describe the differences in the processing of critical, semicritical and noncritical instruments;

3. Review the use of presoaks and cleaning of instruments;

4. List and describe heat sterilization options and appropriate sterilization packaging; and

5. Review the uses and purposes of chemical and biological indicators.

Abstract

Safe and effective instrument processing is a key element of the infection prevention cycle. This process must meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. The steps involved depend on whether the instruments are critical, semicritical, or noncritical. Critical and heat-resistant critical instruments must be heat-sterilized. Prior to heat sterilization, instruments are wrapped in appropriate FDA-cleared sterilization packaging, which must include chemical indicators. Sterilization processes must be tested for sterility assurance in accordance with the guidelines and all sterilization records maintained.

 

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Dentsply Sirona Preventive.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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