Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand the rationale necessitating the incorporation of additional transmission-based precautions and practices intended to prevent or minimize SARS‑CoV‑2 exposure and infection in the oral healthcare setting.
  • Understand the rationale for and implement an appropriate screening protocol for all patients to reduce the poetical exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand and implement strategies to strengthen hand hygiene, respiratory, and cough etiquette protocols for patients and office staff to reduce potential exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand the need to bring equipment back into service in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
  • Understand and implement a scheduling and work practice protocol to avoid patient therapy overlap and reduce the use of aerosol-producing procedures.
  • Understand and adjust as feasible engineering controls to reduce aerosol exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand the importance of proper hand hygiene and implement appropriate hand hygiene protocols.
  • Understand the purpose of source control and incorporate source control protocols to reduce the risk of exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand the types of PPE used to manage COVID‑19 and educate OHCP on appropriate selection and use.
  • Understand the principles of proper environmental cleaning and disinfection and ensure appropriate protocol are used to reduce exposure to SARS‑CoV‑2.
  • Understand need for and ensure appropriate sterilization techniques are used to sterilize and disinfect patient care items.
  • Understand the need for and develop a protocol to manage the patient with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19.
  • Understand the limited value of using a test-based strategy to inform patient care.
  • Understand the importance of and implement a protocol to monitor and manage dental health care personnel.
  • Ensure regular training is accomplished to reinforce measures to reduce the risk of SARS‑CoV‑2.