The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have supported nearly the same guidelines for dental infection control since 2003, updated in 2016. These guidelines are the minimum standard for patient safety during dental visits and are included in many states’ practice acts. When establishing best practices for infection prevention, an office must first establish a safety culture, recognize the critical role of an infection control coordinator, and exceed the guidelines established by the CDC. This course will discuss the creation of a safety culture, assignment of the infection control coordinator role to the appropriate team member, and establishment of standard operating procedures and checklists. In addition, it will examine ways to elevate each CDC guideline from basic expectations to best-practices.
- Identify the key aspects for creating a safety culture in dental health care
- Recognize the importance of the infection control coordinator’s role for creating safe dental visits
- Describe basic expectations for safe care as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Identify key standard operating procedures needed to establish best practices in each unique dental practice
About the Author
Michelle Strange, MSDH, RDH, CDIPC, has more than two decades of dental expertise, beginning as a dental assistant and completing a bachelor’s degree in health science from the Medical University of South Carolina and a master’s in dental hygiene education from the University of Bridgeport. She continues to invest in ongoing education, gaining certifications such as her Certificate in Dental Infection Prevention and Control. Her community and global endeavors demonstrate her passion for dentistry, from volunteer work to worldwide missions. She is the owner of Level Up Infection Prevention, MichelleStrangeRDH, a practicing dental hygienist, and was the cofounder of the A Tale of Two Hygienists podcast.
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