Dental Aerosols: How Dangerous and Pervasive Are They?

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To receive CE credits, participants must review the program materials in their entirety and complete the online post examination and evaluation with a score of 70% or better.

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Effective Date: October 12, 2017
Expiration Date: October 12, 2020
Format: Self Instructional - Audio Visual Voice-Over with Slides
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Available Credits:
One (1) ADA CERP
One (1) AGD PACE

Original broadcast supported in part through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Vidashield

Dental aerosols are something that all dental practitioners are familiar with. But do you really know how far aerosols spread when you perform standard procedures? In a study in a dental office, microscopic pathogens were found behind closed doors in a room where no treatment occurred. This CE course will describe the dangers of dental aerosols to both patients and staff, detail how aerosols travel and explain a proven solution to reduce the spread.

Educational Objective

Upon completion of this CE activity attendee will be able to:

  1. Understand the hazards that dental aerosols pose not just to the patient population, but to staff as well.
  2. Explain how dental aerosols travel on air currents.
  3. Describe the relationship between positive and negative air pressure and how it affects the dental environment.
  4. Understand particle size and why you should care about it.
  5. Learn how UV-C air purification can reduce aerosols and minimize contamination on surrounding surfaces.

Faculty

Dr. Linda D. Lee

Dr. Linda D. Lee

Dr. Linda D. Lee, MBA, has spent over 30 years in healthcare having previously worked for CH2M Hill, WM Healthcare Solutions, Inc., the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Stericycle, Inc. She is a speaker and author of numerous peer reviewed journals/publications and three books published by the American Hospital Association. She has been a recent speaker/presenter at SHEA, AIHce, IPAC-Canada, and the C Diff Foundation. She graduated with a Bachelors in Environmental Health Science from Indiana State University. She earned a Masters in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas - College of Engineering. She completed a Doctorate of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She has an MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Management. Dr. Lee is a certified indoor air quality manager and currently serves as EVP and Chief Science Officer for VidaShield.

Target Audience

The target audience for this course is Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants and other Oral Health Professionals.

Recognition and Credits

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PennWell Corporation 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.

Continuing education credits awarded for participating in the CE activity may or may not apply toward license renewal or specific license requirements in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board(s).

PennWell designates this activity for 1 credit hour of continuing ADA CERP education credits.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/goto/cerp.

AGD PACE LogoThe PennWell Corporation is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by the 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 (11/1/2015) to (12/31/2019) Provider ID# 320452.

Dental Board of California: Provider 4527, course registration number 01-4527-15235.
“This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 1 unit of continuing education.”

Requirements For Successful Completion

To receive credit for your participation in this webinar you will be required to complete the online program examination. To complete the online examination participants must be registered and signed-in to this website and have reviewed the program in its entirety. At the end of the program a link will be provided directing you to the program course exam. Once completed and submitted an immediate grade report will be displayed. All participants scoring at least 70% on the examination will receive a CE Verification Form verifying 1 CE credits. Verification forms may be viewed and printed immediately as well as accessed anytime in the future (24/7) from within the user records page of this website.

Not enough time to complete your online examination? No problem, online examinations may be completed anytime during the effective period of the program. Participants requiring more time to complete an examination may return to this website, sign-in and complete the online examination.

Disclosure Declaration

Presenter Disclosure: Dr. Linda D. Lee, MBA, discloses that she does have a leadership and/or financial relationship to disclose related to this continuing dental education activity.

Commercial Support: This course was developed in part with commercial support provided by Vidashield.

Provider Disclosure: PennWell Corporation’s Dental Division does not have a leadership or financial/commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in any of the educational activities presented.

CE Planner Disclosure: Craig Dickson, VP & Group Publishing Director, has no relevant financial interest which may create a conflict of interest related to the DE Study Club. Heather Hodges, Conference Manager, has no relevant financial interest which may create a conflict of interest related to this activity.

Provider Contact Information: Heather Hodges, Conference Manager, hhodges@pennwell.com or direct at 918-832-9317.

Image Authenticity: No images in this educational activity have been modified or altered.

Scientific Basis: All content has been derived from references listed and/or the author’s clinical experience.

Known Benefits and Limitations: Information presented in this educational activity represents best practices in evidenced based dentistry with potential benefit for the patient and clinician. No off label or experimental treatments are discussed.

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.