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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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 3 | AGD Credits: 3 | Cost: $29.00

Contemporary Dental Radiography: Review of Safety, Imaging Success, & Common Technique Errors

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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

At the conclusion of this course, the dental practitioner should be able to:
1. define radiation and relate its potentially harmful effects to safety protocols
2. write office radiation policies that reduce clinician and patient exposure
3. implement techniques that produce high-quality diagnostic images
4. identify common imaging errors and understand appropriate corrective measures
5. distinguish between 2D and 3D imaging and understand their dental applications. 

Abstract

Dental radiology requires that clinicians have an in-depth understanding and respect for the laws of ionizing  radiation as well as an earnest drive to protect themselves  and patients from possible harmful effects. This course will  present current research-based radiation safety protocols  as outlined by leading national organizations in the United  States. In addition to capturing radiographs safely, dental  professionals also need to produce high-quality, diagnostic  images. This course will cover imaging principles that  produce diagnostically sound radiographs, review capturing  techniques, and identify common radiographic errors and corrective actions.

ADA Credits: 3 | AGD Credits: 3 | Cost: $29.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Human Trafficking: Exploring the Dental Implications

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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 reader should be able to:
1. Describe the types of human trafficking that occur both globally and exclusively in the United States
2. Recognize the indicators of human trafficking
3. Know the proper way to add a trauma-informed approach to your practice
4. Incorporate the correct way to approach a victim with a choice of words and actions
5. Recognize the dental indicators that suggest a trafficking victim
6. List 10 physical or behavioral key indicators that your patient may be a trafficking victim.

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Abstract

Though problematic on a global scale, human trafficking has become a heightened concern in the United States. In this course, the types of human trafficking are discussed with variations in gender, locales, and specific laws related to trafficking. Documentation suggests that 87% of victims have seen a healthcare provider during captivity. This course informs healthcare professionals on the clear indicators that suggest trafficking and lists specific protocol to assist not only in reporting the trafficking situation but also in obtaining assistance for the victim. Dental indicators, behavioral indicators, and clear language specific to these situations are presented.

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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

OSHA Bloodborne-Pathogen Compliance in the Dental Practice

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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 reader should be able to:
1. Describe why OSHA was founded and its goals
2. Explain the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and how it protects workers from occupational exposure
3. Discuss the basics of chain of infection and how infectious diseases are spread
4. List the basics of HIV, HBV, and HCV infections
5. Discuss how OSHA standards protect employees from the spread of infectious diseases, ionizing radiation, and chemical hazards.

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Abstract

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency established to help assure the safety and health of American workers. Since its origins, OSHA has enforced standards to protect workers from potential dangers in the workplace. This course reviews some potential hazards to dental healthcare professionals, and what measures OSHA has taken to minimize risk and exposure to these hazards. This course provides a foundation on bloodborne pathogens and how infectious diseases spread. Strategies for protecting workers from ionizing radiation and hazardous chemicals also will be introduced.

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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

HIPAA Requirement Training and Updates

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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

» Acquire updated and current information about OSHA safety practices and policies, as well as HIPAA privacy policy information and practice compliance 

» Understand best practices for all mandates involving Infection Control requirements and Covid-19 interim systems 

» Obtain annual federal mandates for compliance training and applications for dentistry

Abstract

The OSHA Updates program is specifically designed to inform and educate dental professionals on safe work processes and best practices for safety and Infection Control compliance. A special look at Covid-19 and Airborne Transmission Prevention recommendations will also be examined. A comprehensive review of regulations, required documentation, and systems implementation will be covered during this lecture. A review of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, education expectations, labeling and posting requirements, proper PPE implementation along with employer and employee compliance requirements will be outlined for practical application in the dental office environment.


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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $19.00

OSHA Requirement Training and Updates

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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

  • Acquire updated and current information about OSHA safety practices and policies, as well as HIPAA privacy policy information and practice compliance
  • Understand best practices for all mandates involving Infection Control requirements and Covid-19 interim systems
  • Obtain annual federal mandates for compliance training and applications for dentistry

Abstract

The OSHA Updates program is specifically designed to inform and educate dental professionals on safe work processes and best practices for safety and Infection Control compliance. A special look at Covid-19 and Airborne Transmission Prevention recommendations will also be examined. A comprehensive review of regulations, required documentation, and systems implementation will be covered during this lecture. A review of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, education expectations, labeling and posting requirements, proper PPE implementation along with employer and employee compliance requirements will be outlined for practical application in the dental office environment.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $19.00

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

AIDS & HIV Compliance: 40 Years After the Emergence of the Virus ... Where Are We Now?

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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 reader should be able to:
1. Discuss individual patient risk and disease indicators of HIV infection.
2. Recognize HIV structure and behavior in the human body and relate that to subsequent disease progression and drug therapy interventions.
3. Identify systemic and oral clinical manifestations associated with HIV/AIDS and offer patient counseling to improve quality of life

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Abstract

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a global epidemic as described by the World Health Organization and causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Globally, 37.9 million people are infected, with 1.2 million cases in the United States.1 Although antiretroviral medications are available to reduce viral activity and infection severity, no vaccine or drug exists to cure or eliminate HIV. Dental practitioners are in an ideal position to identify and improve quality of life for patients living with HIV as more than 50% will suffer with oral diseases. This course will present HIV structure, transmission, drug therapy, and clinical manifestations to assist healthcare providers with appropriate interventions and recommendations.

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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Oral Health Professionals' Role in Domestic Violence Prevention

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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 reader should be able to:
1. Differentiate the various forms of domestic violence and understand long-term health sequelae.
2. Identify the signs of domestic violence and recommend appropriate interventions.
3. Apply the RADAR program to patient management and care plans.
 

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Abstract

One in 4 women and one in 10 men will experience sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking in their lifetime. Research has shown that healthcare professionals can play an important role in saving lives by participating in improved identification of and response to domestic violence.

Dental practitioners need to join the medical profession on the front lines of screening for and intervening in domestic violence situations to counter this dangerous public health crisis. Domestic violence occurs across all socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic groups. This course will define domestic violence, discuss its long-term consequences, offer guidance for oral health professionals to assist patients, and provide tools to overcome barriers to intervention.

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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Infection Control for California Dental Professionals

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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 reader should be able to:
1. Define modes of transmission in the dental setting.
2. Describe appropriate hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment during patient care and other activities.
3. Review the management of clinical contact surfaces.
4. List and describe steps in instrument reprocessing.
 

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Abstract

Infection prevention is a key activity in the dental office, essential to prevent the transmission of microorganisms and disease among patients and dental healthcare personnel. It must be performed in a reliable and effective manner in accordance with current recommendations to ensure patient safety, and in accordance with regulations that protect the safety and health of dental healthcare personnel. Infection prevention protocols that are effective, reliable, and standardized promote health and safe dental visits.

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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Understanding the California Dental Practice Act

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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 reader should be able to:
1. Describe the scope of practice for dentists and dental auxiliaries
2. Explain options for obtaining dental licensure and renewal requirements
3. Identify actions considered unprofessional conduct and what can lead to licensure suspension or revocation
4. Discuss the prescription drug law and the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES)
5. Describe the role of a mandated reporter.

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Abstract

Knowledge of state dental practice law is important for all dental health professionals. It not only serves to inform them of responsibilities for a given clinical position, but also clearly delineates what duties can and cannot be performed legally. More importantly, however, it serves the function of protecting the general public from harm. Laws regarding dental practice vary from state to state. This course provides a foundation in the California Dental Practice Act and covers topics with which every dental health professional should be familiar. 

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

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