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A Review of Current Infection Prevention Protocols for the Dental Field

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Date: 2021-10-29 12:00:00

Location: Online Webinar

Contact Hours: 2 Self-Study CE

Event Details

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. 

DHCPs 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 spatter. 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 DHCPs consistently, lives are saved and the risk for adverse health events decreases.

Learning Objectives
After completing this webinar, 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.
 
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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Maintaining a Disinfected Patient Care Area

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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 webinar, participants will be able to:
• Discuss the role that the dental environmental sources play in pathogen transmission
• Discuss cleaning and disinfection strategies of patient care areas
• Discuss EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants 
 

Abstract

From the moment a patient enters the operatory we should be confident that the treatment area is clean and disinfected. Our patients rely on us to provide safe dental care which includes a setting free of disease-causing pathogens. Proper use of cleaning procedures and products are vital to prevent cross contamination. This webinar will walk you through surface cleaning and disinfection of patient care areas before and after treatment. 
 

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

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

Controlling the Chain of Infection in Your Dental Office

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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 webinar, participants will be able to:
• Describe the chain of infection mechanism 
• Recognize most common pathogens in the dental environment 
• Define the current CDC recommendations 
• Discuss effective infection control procedures 
 

Abstract

Bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens are everywhere. From the outside world to within our dental practices, they are there, and steps must be taken to ensure safety for practices and their patients. Certain factors must be in place in order for the pathogens to spread from person to person and cause disease. These factors link together in a “chain of infection.” Breaking one of the links in this chain will stop the spread of infection. In this course, we will discuss the basics of disease transmission and the CDC infection control recommendations for the dental professional. 
 

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

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

Restoring Teeth with High-Strength Injectable Composite

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Incorporate injectable composite into your practice.
• Place injectable composite in cervical (abfraction) lesions so that they don’t fall out, which is an untapped resource in your practice. 
• Quickly treat incisal and occlusal wear with composite.
• Use today’s 8th generation universal adhesives to create “super dentin.”
 

Abstract

As a result of the latest high-strength injectable composite technology, dentists can now quickly, easily, and predictably treat Class V (abfraction), Class l, Class ll, and Class Vl lesions with beauty, strength, and function beyond patient expectations. Improvements in composite polymerization shrinkage, reduction of internal stress, and occlusal wear have made injectable composite material a great aesthetic option. This course will demonstrate how to use high-strength injectable composite quickly and easily, so that an aesthetic result with a high success rate and predictable outcome can be achieved. 
 

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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Mitigation Strategies for the Prevention of COVID-19 in Dentistry

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Discuss transmission routes of airborne transmitted diseases.
• Identify aerosol generating procedures in the dental setting.
• Discuss mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of transmission of airborne pathogens in dentistry.

Abstract

While COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person via respiratory droplets, SARS-CoV-2 may also be spread via airborne transmission including aerosols. Aerosols are microscopic droplets that remain floating in the air for minutes to hours, and are generated when an infected person breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes and may also be generated during dental procedures. This webinar will discuss the current science and understanding of the transmission of COVID-19, the role of aerosols in disease transmission, and mitigation strategies to help ensure a safe dental visit for patients and dental personnel. 
 

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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Amalgam: A Dental “Gold Standard” And The Challenges It Presents

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Describe the history and composition of amalgam and reasons why it is loved and hated. 
• Discuss the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what it means for dentistry. 
• Recognize amalgam regulations, equipment and management and how it affects you and your practice. 
 

Abstract

Amalgam has long been a standard dental material for direct restorative purposes. Its use has long had its champions and opponents. 
Over the years the movement for the elimination of amalgam use in our profession has grown and as such, the percentage utilization has steadily decreased. To protect our environment, regulations have been implemented to “control” the amalgam waste created in our offices and eliminated into our water systems, landfills and incinerators. Are you aware of them? Are you prepared to comply? 
This webinar will review the long history of amalgam use, the “controversy” this material has undergone, the movement to eliminate it from use, and the steps you need to implement to stay in compliance and “protect the environment”. 
 

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

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The 4 Things to Know to be Compliant with the EPA Dental Rule on Amalgam Waste *½ Credit*

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Understand the need for regulation on amalgam
• Demonstrate the ADA’s Best Management Practices on the handling of amalgam waste
• Utilize the 4 components required to meet the regulation requirements

Abstract

The EPA “Dental Rule” regulation on the proper handling of amalgam waste went into effect July 2020. It is widely known that the installation of an ISO 11143 Amalgam Separator is a key component of the regulation, however, there is more to compliance than just the amalgam separator. We’d like to help alleviate the guesswork and have broken down the regulation into four simple steps in this ½ hour webinar. 

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

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Online Continuing Education / Course Details

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

Crashing the Biofilm Party: Understanding the Path to Safe Dental Unit Waterlines

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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

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Understand the importance of clean dental unit waterlines
• Define the steps needed to “pass the test”—shock, test, treat, maintain
• Discuss products on the market that can make your job easier 

Abstract

Dental unit waterlines (DUWLs) are in the news and on OSHA inspection checklists, but the process of testing and treating waterlines is often misunderstood or even forgotten about. Science shows us that many of the aerosols we are producing in our operatories come directly from the biofilm growth in our DUWLs. And just like the biofilm in the mouth, it can be stubborn to remove. How can you keep you and your patients safe? In this dynamic presentation, attendees will learn the why, how, and the what of dental unit waterline compliance. From testing to daily maintenance, this course will turn you into a Waterline Warrior and motivate you to go back to the op and Crash the Biofilm Party!     

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

Course 96 of 158

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

Course 77 of 158

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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