Introduction to Infection Prevention
COURSE NUMBER: 582
Barbara A. MacNeill, DMD, MS; Geza T. Terezhalmy, DDS, MA
The risk of transmission of pathogenic microorganisms in oral healthcare settings is rare, yet healthcare-associated infections do present a potential hazard to oral healthcare personnel and patients alike. This course, advisory in nature a...
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The risk of transmission of pathogenic microorganisms in oral healthcare settings is rare, yet healthcare-associated infections do present a potential hazard to oral healthcare personnel and patients alike. This course, advisory in nature and informational in content, introduces participants to (1) concepts related to the “chain of infection” and Standard and Transmission-base Precautions; (2) discusses factors that affect the quality of an effective infection prevention program; and (3) presents an overview of pathogenic organisms that may be transmitted in oral healthcare settings and requirements for an ongoing infection prevention education and training program.
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, Office Managers
Date Course Online:
Jul 1, 2019
Last Revision Date:
Course Expiration Date:
Dec 30, 2022
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Discuss the requisites for the transmission of pathogenic organisms, i.e., the “chain of infection.”
- Discuss the rationale for Standard Precautions and their application in oral healthcare settings.
- Discuss the rationale for Transmission-based Precautions and their application in oral healthcare setting.
- Discuss the requisites for an effective infection prevention strategy related to structure, process, and outcome.
- Discuss the requisites of an infection prevention education and training program for healthcare personnel related to infection prevention.
- 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.
- Note to 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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