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Dental offices throughout the United States have received negative press when infection control violations occur. These violations can be so egregious that they result in patient death. Licensed dental providers have an obligation to keep their patients and the public safe while under their care. They also need to protect their own health while working in a hazardous profession with a high risk of exposure to disease, radiation, and other environmental contaminants. This topic is so important in dentistry that many state boards now require an infection prevention course for licensure. This course will explore the current recommendations for personal protective equipment and environmental controls for aerosols, radiation, clinical and housekeeping contact surfaces, as well as waterline maintenance.
At the conclusion of this course, the dental provider will be able to:
1. Understand the importance of hand hygiene and personal protective equipment that is needed to ensure the safety of patients and themselves.
2. Control aerosols produced during dental procedures based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
3. Minimize risk of injury through controlling environmental hazards such as radiation exposure and when disinfecting clinical and housekeeping contact surfaces.
4. Understand the importance of dental waterline maintenance.
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