Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-Care Items in Oral Healthcare Settings
COURSE NUMBER: 474
Michaell A. Huber, DDS
Participants in this course will be introduced to evidence-based recommendations for the preferred methods of transporting, cleaning, sterilizing or disinfecting patient-care items essential for an effective infection control/exposure contr...
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Participants in this course will be introduced to evidence-based recommendations for the preferred methods of transporting, cleaning, sterilizing or disinfecting patient-care items essential for an effective infection control/exposure control strategy in oral healthcare settings.
During the course of diagnostic and therapeutic services in oral healthcare settings, instruments and other devices come in contact with the patient’s skin, mucous membranes, sterile tissues, and body fluids. Failure to properly sterilize, or minimally disinfect, patient-care items carries the risk of healthcare-associated transmission of infectious diseases. This course presents evidence-based information for the preferred methods of transporting, cleaning, sterilizing and disinfecting patient-care items in oral healthcare settings.
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 Assistant Students
Date Course Online:
Jun 1, 2015
Last Revision Date:
Nov 29, 2020
Course Expiration Date:
Nov 28, 2023
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Discuss the rational for sterilization and disinfection.
- Discuss and select appropriate methods of sterilization and disinfection.
- Discuss and implement appropriate processing of reusable patient-care items.
- Discuss and implement appropriate quality assurance measures.
- Discuss and implement appropriate procedures in case of sterilization failure.
- 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).
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