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Hand Hygiene: Infection Control/Exposure Control Issues for Oral Healthcare Workers

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

Continuing Dental Education Units:  2 hours
Intended Audience:  Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students
Date Course Online:  Mar 04, 2010
Last Revision Date:  Sep 01, 2016
Course Expiration Date:  Aug 31, 2019


This course presents the background essential to understand the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare settings and provides evidence based information related to handwashing; hand antisepsis, i.e., antiseptic handwash and antiseptic handrub; and surgical hand antisepsis.  An evaluation tool to monitor institutional policies and practices and compliance by oral HCP with hand hygiene practices that fulfill the expectations for safe care in oral healthcare facilities is provided.

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Disclaimer: Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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Géza T. Terézhalmy
Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA
Géza T.
Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA

Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and Consultant, Naval Postgraduate Dental School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.


Dr. Terézhalmy earned a BS degree from John Carroll University; a DDS degree from Case Western Reserve University; an MA in Higher Education and Human Development from The George Washington University; and a Certificate in Oral Medicine from the National Naval Dental Center.


Dr. Terézhalmy held more than 30 positions in professional societies, served as editor or contributing editor for several publications, co-authored or contributed chapters for several books, published over 225 papers and abstracts, and accepted invitations to lecture before many local, state, national, and international professional societies.


Updated: 09/2016



Michaell A. Huber
Michaell A. Huber, DDS
Michaell A.
Michaell A. Huber, DDS

Department of Comprehensive Dentistry
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Dentistry, San Antonio, Texas


Dr. Huber received his DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, San Antonio, Texas in 1980 and a Certificate in Oral Medicine from the National Naval Dental Center, Bethesda, Maryland in 1988.  He is certified by the American Board of Oral Medicine.  As an officer of the Dental Corps, United States Navy, Dr. Huber’s assignments included numerous ships and shore stations and served as Chairman, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology and Director, Graduate Program in Oral Medicine, National Naval Dental Center, Bethesda, Maryland.  In addition he served as Specialty Leader for Oral Medicine to the Surgeon General of the United States Navy, Washington, DC; and Force Dental Officer, Naval Air Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia.  He has many professional affiliations and over the past 24 years, he has held a variety of positions in professional organizations.


Since joining the faculty in 2002, Dr. Huber has been teaching both pre-doctoral and graduate dental students at the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School, San Antonio, Texas, and is the Director of the school’s Oral Medicine Tertiary Care Clinic.  He is currently serving as the Public Affairs Chairman for the American Academy of Oral Medicine.  Dr. Huber has accepted invitations to lecture before many local, state, and national professional organizations.  He has been published in numerous journals including: Medical Clinics of North America, Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology; Dental Clinics of North America, Journal of the American Dental Association, and Quintessence International.


Updated: 12/2015



Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Terézhalmy has done consulting work for Procter & Gamble and is a member of the Advisory Board.

  • Dr. Huber reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.


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