June 9, 2017

New interactive module on CDC’s infection control guidelines

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and the DALE Foundation, the official affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), have come together to co-sponsor an online module and assessment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care.

The online module and assessment can be accessed through both OSAP’s and the DALE Foundation’s websites.

In March 2016, CDC published the Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings as a supplement to its Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings (2003). The summary document highlights current infection prevention recommendations and includes a checklist that can be used to evaluate compliance.

Because of the importance of these recommendations, OSAP and the DALE Foundation created an online module, called Understanding CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings, that adds interactivity to CDC’s summary document — such as links to definitions for key terms, and links to references and resources.

This module is intended for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental office managers, dental lab technicians and other oral healthcare personnel who are responsible for any aspect of infection control in their practice setting. OSAP and the DALE Foundation award 2 CDE credits to those who successfully complete this online module by passing the assessment at the end of the article.

A total of 35 states’ dental rules, regulations or statutes mention or mandate compliance with CDC guidelines; and 23 states have infection control CDE requirements for dental professionals. Additionally, dental assistants who hold DANB certification must annually earn at least 2 CDE credits in infection control to renew their certification.

To purchase this OSAP-DALE Foundation online module and assessment, visit the DALE Foundation’s product catalog or OSAP’s website.

About OSAP
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) is a growing community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. OSAP’s mission is to be the world’s leading provider of education that supports safe dental visits. OSAP is an ADA CERP-recognized CE provider.

About DANB
The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB’s mission is to promote the public good by providing credentialing services to the dental community.

About the DALE Foundation
The Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation (the DALE Foundation), is the official DANB affiliate. The DALE Foundation benefits the public by providing quality continuing education and conducting sound research to promote oral health. The DALE Foundation is an ADA CERP-recognized and AGD PACE-approved CE provider.


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