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

Infection Prevention and Ergonomics

Categories: Infection Control

Author(s): Emily Boge, MPA, RDH, CDA

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

Infection Prevention and Ergonomics

The goal of this article is to provide dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with information about infection prevention and best practices in ergonomics to manage the incidence of preventable risk when practicing clinical dentistry. Following the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss current CDC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
2. Understand the potential hazards in clinical dental environments.
3. Integrate the skills and techniques needed to properly prevent cross-contamination.
4. Adopt a proper neutral seating position while performing clinical treatment.
5. Recognize the benefits gained from the use of a headlamp, loupes, and ergonomic gloves in clinical practice.

Abstract

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infection prevention and risk management programs in medical settings have succeeded in dramatically reducing the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) over the last decade. Despite this progress, a CDC point prevalence survey found that 1 in 25 hospital patients contract an HAI following a visit to a medical setting. The necessity for effective infection prevention in medical settings are currently in the spotlight because of the following:


1) a 4% rate of contraction of preventable diseases;
2) increased awareness of HAI rates through mandated public reporting by medical care centers;
3) the concerning emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs); and
4) general public awareness of the patient safety movement.

Now is the time to implement risk management practices in all medical settings (Mission, Role and pledge. CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/about/organization/mission.htm). In 2007, a detailed study (Leggat, et al. Occupational health problems in modern dentistry: A review. Ind Health. 2007;45(5): 611-621) reviewed the occupational health problems that persist in modern dentistry. This study enumerated the dangers faced by dental health workers; the risks were numerous, cumulative, and profound. Following the release of this study, all fields of dentistry followed suit, noting the need for new technologies and materials to address serious workplace hazards, including percutaneous exposure incidents, infectious disease exposure, radiation exposure, noise and hearing damage, musculoskeletal injury, dermatitis from chemical exposure, respiratory hazards, eye injury, and psychological problems. These hazards intensify the need for effective risk management in dental practices, as well as education about the dangers of occupational exposure and musculoskeletal injury when working in dental offices.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT This educational activity is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Dentsply Sirona Preventative.

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

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