Mission Trips - First Do No Harm

Introduction
Introduction

The dental profession is known to be generous in donating time and talent to help those in need of oral healthcare throughout the United States and globally. It is important for the volunteer team to thoughtfully consider their own health as well as the safety of the people whom they will treat.

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) was founded in 1984 and formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1986. OSAP membership consists of a unique group of dental educators, consultants, researchers, clinicians, industry representatives, and other interested persons with a collective mission to be the world's leading advocate for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP supports this commitment to oral healthcare workers and the public through quality education and information dissemination. OSAP has developed a “Guide for Safety and Infection Control for Oral Healthcare Missions.” Based in large part on this Guide, this course provides guidance to help ensure the health and safety of mission participants, their dental patients and the community at large. Please note that the guide is not a comprehensive planning document for all missions and other aspects of each mission will need to be considered. All Appendices referenced in this course are used with permission from OSAP, 2016.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Curt Hamann, MD is the CEO of SmartPractice.
  • Charles Palenik, PhD 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.

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SUBMISSION INFORMATION

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.

Louisiana CE Broker

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

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

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