Dentist: Infection Control Standards for California Dental Healthcare Workers, 4th Edition

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About Course #L0923

Review Date: April 23, 2018

Expiration Date: April 23, 2021

Original Release Date: May 30, 2014

This basic-level course will familiarize dental healthcare personnel with the rules and regulations applicable to infection control in California's dental offices, including the Cal/OSHA regulations and the Dental Board of California's Minimum Standards for Infection Control, as effective August 20, 2011. State regulations are reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect the most current knowledge and to assure optimum levels of safety for personnel and patients. Readers will review terminology, reasons for infection control and adequate disinfection procedures. Every team member will have a working knowledge of what a dental office needs to comply with current state mandates.

AGD Subject Code: 148

Course Objectives

  • Identify the agencies that regulate infection control in dental settings in California.
  • Discuss the goals and minimum standards for infection control in a dental setting, including the defined terms used in the California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 1005.
  • Cite requirements for use of personal protective equipment, and procedures for hand hygiene.
  • Describe the protocol for sharps disposal and the management of occupational injuries and exposures.
  • Identify protocols for sterilization and disinfection of instruments, facilities, and lab areas.

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

This course fulfills your California state infection control dental requirements.

About the Author(s)

Christine Wisnom, CDA, RN, BSN, is a nurse educator at the AIDS Education and Training Center in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. For many years, she was a member and the chair of the Infection Control/Biosafety Committee at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Ms. Wisnom has frequently published in medical and dental journals. She received her BSN and RN from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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