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



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.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Terézhalmy has done consulting work for Procter & Gamble and is a member of the dentalcare.com Advisory Board.
  • Dr. Huber reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.

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.

Note: Registration is required to take test.

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Syllabus: Infection Control/Exposure Control in Oral Healthcare Settings

The syllabus, which may be modified to meet individual institutional requirements, provides a comprehensive description of a 12-module online course. The course is intended to meet educational requirements of Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students as mandated by OSHA and other federal, state, local and professional organizations related to Standard and Transmission-based Precautions.

Each module may be taken online followed by an examination. A PDF is also available for each module. Module 12 is a video summary and how-to demonstration of critical topics. Successful completion of all modules may be followed by a question and answer period by the institutional course director before each student demonstrates competence in a clinical setting.

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Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Submission

To have your "proof of completion" information automatically submitted to the AGD, make sure to add your AGD membership number in the field provided on the Share Your Test Score page. Allow at least 30 days for your credit transfer to appear in your AGD account.

Florida CE Broker

In order for your "proof of completion" information to be automatically submitted to Florida CE Broker, add your Florida License number in the field provided on the "Share Your Test Score" page. If you are licensed in multiple states, please enter just your Florida License number. Allow at least 30 days for your credit transfer to appear in your account.

For accurate submissions into the Florida CE Broker system, dentists needs to have a DN in front of their license number and hygienists need to have a DH in front of their license number. The Florida CE Broker System does not accept "0's" in front of the license number.