COURSE NUMBER: 590
Barbara A. MacNeill, DMD, MS; Geza T. Terezhalmy, DDS, MA
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 hand...
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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.
The transmission of pathogens most often occurs via the contaminated hands of healthcare personnel (HCP). Accordingly, hand hygiene is one of the most important infection prevention measures to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Oral healthcare facilities are accountable for establishing a system in which oral HCP have the knowledge, competence, time, and tools to practice hand hygiene; and oral HCP have the duty to perform hand hygiene – perfectly and every time.
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:
Oct 22, 2019
Last Revision Date:
Course Expiration Date:
Oct 21, 2022
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Discuss the relevance resident and transient microorganisms in reference to hand hygiene.
- Discuss the criteria for the transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens in reference to hand hygiene.
- Understand the role of detergents and antiseptic agents in reference to hand hygiene products.
- Understand the indications for and demonstrate handwashing, antiseptic handwash, and surgical hand antisepsis.
- Discuss considerations when purchasing hand hygiene products.
- Discuss irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis as they relate to hand hygiene.
- Discuss strategies to improve hand hygiene practices.
- Discuss hand hygiene-related basic expectations for safe care.
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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.
Note: Registration is required to take test.
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).
Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Submission For credit transfers to appear in your AGD account in real time, make sure to add your AGD membership number in the field provided on the “Share Your Test Score” page.
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