Clinical Practice Guideline for an Infection Control/Exposure Control Program in the Oral Healthcare Setting
COURSE NUMBER: 342
Geza T. Terezhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS
This course presents a prototypical, evidence-based, hierarchical infection control/exposure control protocol predicated on Standard Precautions and Transmission-based Precautions to prevent or minimize healthcare-associated infections in o...
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This course presents a prototypical, evidence-based, hierarchical infection control/exposure control protocol predicated on Standard Precautions and Transmission-based Precautions to prevent or minimize healthcare-associated infections in oral healthcare settings. The recent COVID-19 pandemic unveiled the need for additional interim precautions which are summarized at the end of this document. It is reasonable to anticipate that some or all of these interim precautions may be incorporated into a future infection control standard.
The information in this 13-module syllabus is intended (1) to meet initial educational/training requirements for Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, and Dental Assistant Students as mandated by OSHA and other federal, state, local and professional organizations, (2) to provide a framework for an in-service training program in oral healthcare settings to meet annual educational/training requirements as mandated by OSHA and other federal, state, local and professional organizations, and (3) to serve as a resource for oral healthcare personnel wishing to review evidence-based information on specific topics related to infection prevention, hazardous waste management, and hazard communication compliance.
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students
Date Course Online:
May 14, 2009
Last Revision Date:
Jul 15, 2022
Course Expiration Date:
Jul 14, 2025
AGD Subject Code(s):
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Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Understand the rationale for and develop policies and practices (i.e., an office infection control/exposure control protocol) intended to prevent or minimize healthcare-associated infections in the oral healthcare setting.
- Understand the role of and implement vaccination strategies intended to reduce the risk of vaccine preventable diseases in the oral healthcare setting.
- Understand the role of and implement the use of personal protective equipment to prevent or reduce the risk of occupational exposure in the oral healthcare setting.
- Understand the role and implement appropriate hand hygiene.
- Understand the role of and incorporate engineering and work practice controls to eliminate or isolate the hazard in the workplace.
- Understand the role of and implement environmental infection control to provide a safer work environment.
- Understand the importance of post-exposure follow-up and associated policies and practices to reduce the risk of post-exposure infection.
- Understand the principles of and implement transmission-based precautions to prevent the potential spread of specific diseases (e.g., TB disease).
- Understand the principles of and implement respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette, i.e., basic source control measures with patients, visitors, and oral health care personnel with signs and symptoms of respiratory tract infection.
- Understand the principles of administrative controls and establish exclusion policies from work and patient contact.
- P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
- 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.
- This course may not satisfy individual state requirements on CDC/Infection Control. Please check with your State Board to verify.
- Iowa dental professionals: This course complies with the Iowa Dental Board for recertification in the area of infection control standards, as established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Note: Registration is required to take test.
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