Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Discuss issues related to the criteria for determining the strength of evidence for environmental sources of infection.
  • Discuss issues related to air as a source of infectious agents in the healthcare settings.
    • Implement air quality-related infection prevention and control.
  • Discuss issues related to water as a source of infectious agents in the healthcare settings.
    • Implement water-quality-related infection prevention and control.
  • Discuss issues related to fomites as a source of infectious agents in healthcare settings.
    • Implement fomite-related infection prevention and control.
    • Implement cleaning and disinfection strategies for clinical contact surfaces.
    • Implement cleaning and disinfection strategies for housekeeping surfaces.
    • Implement cleaning and disinfection strategies for spills.
  • Discuss and implement strategies for other issues related to environmental infection prevention and control in healthcare settings.
    • Carpeting and cloth furnishings.
    • Flowers and plants in patient-care areas.
    • Pest control.
    • Contaminated laundry.
    • Disposable surgical gowns and drapes.
    • Service animals.
    • Waste management and hazard communication.
    • Basic expectations for safe care.