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OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control eHandbook

Demonstrate your commitment to patient safety by confirming and enhancing your knowledge in dental infection prevention and control. Use this handbook as a standalone reference or as part of the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program.

$195

Course Overview

10
CE Credits
6
Months to Access Course
10
Hours to Complete

Infection control lapses in dental settings can have a life-threatening impact, yet national surveys of dental settings reveal a critical lack of standardized education and training protocols for all aspects of infection control. The OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control eHandbook is designed to help users fill gaps in their infection control knowledge and ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, guidelines and standards.

Intended for any oral healthcare professional who is responsible for infection control procedures in a dental setting, this comprehensive, interactive resource allows users to apply their knowledge and experience in a highly relevant, goal-oriented format. Photos, case studies, and other methodologies reinforce learning and application of the material. In addition, the handbook includes a downloadable companion workbook for guided note-taking and links to key resources. This handbook was developed in collaboration with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).

Course Credentials

Created:
May 2019
Updated:
June 2022
Next Review:
May 2025

Course Compatibility

Desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile

Educational Method

Electronically mediated activity (e.g., photos, case studies, guided note taking)

AGD Code: 148

The eHandbook covers the following learning objectives:

UNIT 1: Infection Control and Infectious Diseases in Dental Healthcare Settings

Chapter 1: Key Concepts in Infection Control

  • Discuss the relationship between healthcare delivery and the potential for disease transmission
  • Identify 4 basic principles of infection control
  • Describe recommendations and regulations applicable to dental healthcare settings

Chapter 2: Transmission and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in Dental Healthcare Settings

  • Identify the process of disease transmission
  • Describe factors associated with the likelihood of infection
  • Describe the chain of infection
  • Identify precautions used to reduce the risk for exposure to infection
  • Discuss the dental healthcare setting infection control plan
  • Describe antibiotic resistance
  • Define antibiotic stewardship and identify national measures to prevent antibiotic resistance

Chapter 3: Infectious Diseases of Concern in Dental Healthcare Settings

  • Identify and describe diseases associated with bloodborne pathogens
  • Describe the components of an exposure control plan for occupational exposures
  • Identify and describe diseases associated with airborne pathogens
  • Identify and describe diseases associated with droplet pathogens
  • Identify and describe diseases associated with contact pathogens
  • Identify and describe waterborne pathogens of concern associated with dental unit waterlines
  • Identify and describe other pathogens of concern in dental healthcare settings

UNIT 2: Elements of Infection Control in Everyday Practice

Chapter 4: Infection Control Practices in Dental Healthcare Settings

  • Identify when to perform hand hygiene
  • Identify factors that should be considered when choosing hand hygiene products
  • Discuss appropriate hand hygiene technique
  • Describe the importance of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Identify CDC recommendations for respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Identify the types of PPE used in dental healthcare settings
  • Describe the process of donning and removing PPE
  • Discuss types of dermatitis and allergic reactions in dental healthcare settings
  • List ways to keep hands healthy
  • Describe the importance of a safety culture in dental healthcare settings
  • Identify appropriate techniques of preventing sharps injuries
  • Identify the purpose of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act
  • Discuss recommendations for safe injection practices

Chapter 5: Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-Care Items

  • Identify how patient-care items are categorized based on their risk of transmitting a disease
  • Describe the steps used in instrument processing
  • Identify why dental handpieces require special consideration for reprocessing
  • Discuss how single-use devices are used in dental healthcare settings

Chapter 6: Environmental Infection Control

  • Describe infection control procedures for clinical and housekeeping surfaces
  • Discuss the steps of contamination management
  • Identify requirements for chemical safety records
  • Identify types of medical waste generated in dental healthcare settings
  • Describe how regulated medical waste is managed
  • Discuss how blood and body fluids are disposed
  • Describe how records are kept for dental waste

Chapter 7: Dental Waterlines, Biofilm, and Water Quality

  • Discuss the role of biofilm in dental waterlines
  • Identify infection control strategies for using water in dental healthcare settings
  • Describe processes for maintaining and monitoring dental water quality

Chapter 8: Special Considerations

  • Describe infection control practices for saliva ejectors, dental radiology, preprocedural mouthrinses, and the dental laboratory

UNIT 3: Infection Control Policies and Procedures at the Facility Level

Chapter 9: Elements of an Infection Control Program

  • Describe elements needed to implement an infection control program
  • Identify the importance of and methods for evaluating an infection control program
  • Describe different types of written reports in dental healthcare settings

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Subject Matter Experts

Ms. Cuny is the director of Environmental Health and Safety and assistant professor in the department of pathology and medicine at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Ms. Cuny is a consultant to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs and is past chairperson of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). Additionally, Ms Cuny is a nationally respected speaker on infection control as well as the author of several published articles. Ms. Cuny has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Ms. Eklund is the director of infection control and occupational health, and research subject and patient safety advocate at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an adjunct associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene. She is a past chair of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and served as secretary of the OSAP Foundation. Ms. Eklund serves as faculty for the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC) and HIVdent.org. She is one of the authors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings — 2003. Ms. Eklund has received several national professional recognition awards and is a respected speaker on infection control as well as the author of several published articles. Ms. Eklund has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Ms. Govoni is a dental educator and consultant who provides advice and training to dental offices in the areas of practice management, infection control and office operations. She is an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association and the Michigan Dental Assistants Association. She has written many articles for dental-related journals, such as Dental Economics. Ms. Govoni has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Ms. Jorgensen owns Smith & Jorgensen, a dental consulting company that focuses on training in infection prevention and control and dental clinic efficiency. She is also employed at Portland Community College, and teaches in the Integrated Community Dental Assisting Program. Ms. Jorgensen has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Miller is the dean emeritus of the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has worked as a consultant and conducted research in the field of infection control for over 20 years. Dr. Miller has participated in several dental exam construction committees related to infection control, and has been an invited speaker at other dental-related professional organizations. Dr. Miller has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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The DALE Foundation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education, ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at ada.org/cerp.

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The DALE Foundation is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 9/1/2021 to 8/31/2024. Provider ID# 355127