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Update Your Dental Office Infection Control Standards

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Date: 2022-06-08 07:00:00

Location: Online Webinar

Contact Hours: 2 Self-Study CE

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Infection prevention is a key activity in the dental offi­ce that is essential to prevent the transmission of disease among patients and dental health care personnel. Processes should be performed in a reliable and repeatable manner to ensure patient and provider safety. Healthcare facilities must adhere to federal and state regulations when implementing infection prevention protocols that are effective, reliable, and standardized.

The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 continued persistence in the community has revolutionized the practice of dentistry and demonstrated the importance of quality infection prevention practices needed for aerosol-generating procedures. Dental aerosols travel great distances and stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. They contain pathogenic organisms (bacterial and viral), blood, and saliva. They are capable of transmitting diseases such as an Acute Respiratory Infections (SARS-CoV-2). This course will discuss best practices that mitigate the risks of disease transmission for anyone who enters the dental environment.

Learning Objectives
After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Perform high quality hand hygiene and select the personal protective equipment that decreases the risk for disease transmission during aerosol-generating procedures. 
  • Implement a proper surface management program for clinical contact and housekeeping surfaces.
  • Perform repeatable sequential steps during instrument reprocessing that decreases the risk for cross-contamination. 
  • Identify waste as either regulated or non-regulated.
  • Practice water line and vacuum maintenance that ensures patient safety and prolongs the life of equipment. 
 
ADA CERP and AGD Pace do not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Individuals seeking dental continuing education requirements or have questions about course eligibility are strongly urged to consult with their respective state board of dentistry for additional information.
Event 28 of 32

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $0.00

Don’t Gamble: How to Keep Patients and Team Healthy During Uncertain Times

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the latest CDC and OSHA infection guidance for dentistry and ambulatory settings
  • Discuss the changes to infection control procedures implemented during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they still apply today
  • Compare the latest infection prevention technologies to ensure that our profession continues to provide the safest possible dental visits

Abstract

Infection Control has never been more important than it is today! Dental practices have been extraordinarily effective in preventing transmission of bloodborne pathogens, with not a single case of HIV transmission from patient to provider ever documented. SARS-CoV-2 has brought the possibility of airborne transmission in the dental setting to the forefront. The CDC and OSHA continue to update the COVID-19 infection control guidance for dental/ambulatory settings. With many mixed messages coming from the U.S. federal agencies, the focus of this presentation will be on best practices and technologies available in infection prevention and control in dental settings, taking into consideration changes that may occur with SARS-CoV-2 variants. This presentation will continue the focus on the latest information available to ensure the safest dental visit for both the dental team and those we serve.

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $0.00

Course 233 of 242

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Building Infection Prevention Office Protocols for Aerosol-Generating Procedures

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify dental procedures and equipment that generates large volumes of aerosols and spatter droplets.
  • Define, compare, and contrast spatter droplets and aerosols.
  • Recognize aerosol creation, composition, ionization, environmental behavior, and movement.
  • Describe environmental risks created by dental aerosols and spatter droplets in an office space.
  • Implement a multi-layer infection prevention office protocol that mitigates the risk of disease transmission during aerosol-generating procedures 

Abstract

The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 continued persistence in the community has revolutionized the practice of dentistry and demonstrated the importance of environmental air quality control. Pathogenic organisms are present in the millions of aerosols and spatter droplets created by dental drills, ultrasonics, and air polishing devices. This course presents a multi-layer infection prevention approach to mitigate the risk for disease transmission during aerosol-generating procedures that includes personal protective equipment (PPE), pre-procedural rinsing, evacuation techniques, and engineering controls such as adequate ventilation and no-touch air decontamination technology. Join us for this two-hour evidence-based webinar that will assist you in building effective and efficient infection prevention office protocols.

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

Course 222 of 242

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Breaking the Chain of Infection in Dentistry

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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

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the chain of infection and links necessary for pathogens to spread from person to person.
  • Identify mitigation strategies to prevent infection transmission at links within the chain.
  • Recognize the importance of hand hygiene in the dental setting and how to choose hand soaps and hand sanitizers wisely 
  • Describe the key factors to consider in cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces.  

Abstract

A variety of viruses and bacteria and other pathogens may spread from person to person through a common series of events called the “chain of infection”.  To prevent pathogens from infecting other people, the sequence must be interrupted at any of its six links. This webinar will discuss the chain of infection within the dental setting and ways to stop germs from spreading. Mitigation strategies such as effective hand hygiene at key risk moments and cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces will be emphasized.

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Course 202 of 242

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Update Your Dental Office Infection Control Standards

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Perform high quality hand hygiene and select the personal protective equipment that decreases the risk for disease transmission during aerosol-generating procedures.
  • Implement a proper surface management program for clinical contact and housekeeping surfaces.
  • Perform repeatable sequential steps during instrument reprocessing that decreases the risk for cross-contamination.
  • Identify waste as either regulated or non-regulated.
  • Practice water line and vacuum maintenance that ensures patient safety and prolongs the life of equipment.

Abstract

Infection prevention is a key activity in the dental offi­ce that is essential to prevent the transmission of disease among patients and dental health care personnel. Processes should be performed in a reliable and repeatable manner to ensure patient and provider safety. Healthcare facilities must adhere to federal and state regulations when implementing infection prevention protocols that are effective, reliable, and standardized.

The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 continued persistence in the community has revolutionized the practice of dentistry and demonstrated the importance of quality infection prevention practices needed for aerosol-generating procedures. Dental aerosols travel great distances and stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. They contain pathogenic organisms (bacterial and viral), blood, and saliva. They are capable of transmitting diseases such as an Acute Respiratory Infections (SARS-CoV-2). This course will discuss best practices that mitigate the risks of disease transmission for anyone who enters the dental environment.

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

Course 198 of 242

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Reduce Disease Transmission Risk from Airborne Aerosols

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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

After completing this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the environmental risk dental aerosols create in an office space.
  • Implement infection prevention office protocols that mitigate the risk of disease transmission when an aerosol-generating procedure is performed.
  • Select the personal protective equipment that offers the highest level of protection while participating in an aerosol-generating procedure.
  • Developed and implement surface disinfection protocols based on the behavior of environmental aerosol behavior and movement.

Abstract

The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants that cause the disease COVID-19 continued persistence in the community has revolutionized the practice of dentistry and demonstrated the importance of quality infection prevention practices. SARS-CoV-2 is classified as an Acute Respiratory Infection by the World Health Organization and can become part of the aerosolized product released into the dental environment. Its particle size is small enough to penetrate both the upper and lower respiratory tract of a human through inhalation.

Dental aerosol-generating procedures produce millions of aerosols. If aerosols are not controlled, they will enter the dental environment and stay suspended in the air for long periods of time and travel great distances (6-9 feet) through passive diffusion. They contain pathogenic organisms (bacterial and viral), blood, and saliva and when they find a portal of entry, they can cause disease. Surface disinfection, personal protective equipment, and environmental aerosol-reduction strategies in the dental office have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This course will discuss these changes as it relates to aerosol-generating procedures and present best practices that mitigate the risk of disease transmission.

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

Course 180 of 242

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

An Overview of Infection Prevention in the Dental Office

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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 goal of this course is to provide a general overview of infection prevention in the dental setting.

After completing this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Define a dental health care personnel and identify modes of disease transmission in the dental setting.
  • Perform high quality hand hygiene and select the personal protective equipment that decreases the risk for disease transmission during aerosol-generating procedures.
  • Implement a proper surface management program for clinical contact and housekeeping surfaces.
  • Perform repeatable sequential steps during instrument reprocessing that decreases the risk for cross-contamination.
  • Identify waste as either regulated or non-regulated.
  • Practice water line and vacuum maintenance that ensures patient safety and prolongs the life of equipment.

Abstract

Infection prevention is a key activity in the dental office that is essential to prevent the transmission of disease among patients and dental health care personnel. Processes should be performed in a reliable and repeatable manner to ensure patient and provider safety. Healthcare facilities must adhere to federal and state regulations when implementing infection prevention protocols that are effective, reliable, and standardized.

The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 continued persistence in the community has revolutionized the practice of dentistry and demonstrated the importance of quality infection prevention practices needed for aerosol-generating procedures. Dental aerosols travel great distances and stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. They contain pathogenic organisms (bacterial and viral), blood, and saliva. They are capable of transmitting diseases such as an acute respiratory infections. This course will discuss best practices that mitigate the risks of disease transmission for anyone who enters the dental environment.

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

Course 179 of 242

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

A Review of Current Infection Prevention Protocols for the Dental Field

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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

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Define a DHCP and identify their risk for an adverse health event when proper infection prevention protocols are not followed.
  • Identify recommending and requiring agencies within the United States government that are involved in healthcare infection prevention protocols.
  • Differentiate modes of transmission in the chain of infection.
  • Practice hand hygiene and don the personal protective equipment that decreases the risk for disease transmission, especially when a dental aerosol generating procedure is performed. 
  • Reprocess equipment and dispose of waste in accordance with governing agencies.
  • Differentiate between clinical contact and housekeeping surfaces and select the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting solutions for each.
  • Practice water line and vacuum maintenance that ensures patient safety and prolongs the life of equipment.

Abstract

A comprehensive working knowledge of infection prevention practices is an essential function for all healthcare professionals. When strong workplace controls such as ongoing training with written and reviewed policies and procedures are not established, the patient and provider have an increased risk for an adverse health event. Dental health care personnel (DHCP) work in a unique and hazardous environment that differs from medical facilities. 

DHCP are exposed to radiation and contaminants such as chemicals and solutions capable of causing biological damage to a human. They are also exposed to high volumes of pathogenic organisms, blood, and saliva generated by air-driven equipment that emits an aqueous solution in the form of an aerosol and splatter. Dental aerosols become part of the centralized ventilation, travel great distances from the source of creation, and stay suspended in the air for long periods of time behaving unpredictably in the environment. 

The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus is classified as an Acute Respiratory Infection by the World Health Organization, and as such,is capable of interfering with respiratory system function including breathing. Its continued persistence in the community has revolutionized the practice of dentistry and demonstrated the importance of quality infection prevention practices including proper personal protective equipment required for aerosol-generating procedures. 

This course will discuss infection prevention protocols specific for the dental environment that are effective, reliable, and standardized. When best practice protocols are followed by all DHCP consistently, lives are saved and the risk for adverse health events decreases.

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

Course 163 of 242

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Maintaining a Disinfected Patient Care Area

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Discuss the role that the dental environmental sources play in pathogen transmission
• Discuss cleaning and disinfection strategies of patient care areas
• Discuss EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants 
 

Abstract

From the moment a patient enters the operatory we should be confident that the treatment area is clean and disinfected. Our patients rely on us to provide safe dental care which includes a setting free of disease-causing pathogens. Proper use of cleaning procedures and products are vital to prevent cross contamination. This webinar will walk you through surface cleaning and disinfection of patient care areas before and after treatment. 
 

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Course 133 of 242

Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Controlling the Chain of Infection in Your Dental Office

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Describe the chain of infection mechanism 
• Recognize most common pathogens in the dental environment 
• Define the current CDC recommendations 
• Discuss effective infection control procedures 
 

Abstract

Bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens are everywhere. From the outside world to within our dental practices, they are there, and steps must be taken to ensure safety for practices and their patients. Certain factors must be in place in order for the pathogens to spread from person to person and cause disease. These factors link together in a “chain of infection.” Breaking one of the links in this chain will stop the spread of infection. In this course, we will discuss the basics of disease transmission and the CDC infection control recommendations for the dental professional. 
 

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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