Dentist: New York Infection Control and Prevention in the Dental Office, Updated 2nd Edition

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About Course #L0978

Review Date: September 25, 2018

Expiration Date: September 25, 2021

Original Release Date: May 10, 2013

This basic-level course reviews the NY-required guidelines and principles of infection control and outlines the methods that can be used to effectively break the chain of infection, including the use of work practice controls, barriers, and/or personal protective equipment, sepsis awareness and protection, and practices of effective cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilization.

AGD Subject Code:148

Course Objectives

  • Describe the responsibility of healthcare workers to ensure that they, and the personnel that they supervise, adhere to scientifically accepted principles and practices of infection control.
  • Outline the modes and mechanisms of transmission of pathogenic organisms in healthcare settings and the strategies for its prevention and control.
  • Identify the engineering and work practice controls used to reduce patient and healthcare worker exposure to potentially infectious material in healthcare settings.
  • Describe the selection and use of barriers and/or personal protective equipment in preventing patient and healthcare worker contact with potentially infectious material.
  • Identify how infection control principles and practices for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization are used in healthcare settings to create and maintain a safe environment for patient care.
  • Outline the efforts taken to prevent and control infectious and communicable diseases in healthcare workers.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Fulfills the New York Infection Control and Barrier Precaution requirement.

About the Author

Louis G. DePaola, DDS, MS, is a professor and the assistant dean of clinical affairs in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his DDS in 1975 and completed a master of science degree in oral biology in 1981, both from the University of Maryland. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and the American College of Dentists, and holds a certificate in prosthodontics. He is the director for dental training for the PA-Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center and served as a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) Council of Scientific Affairs from 2002 to 2005.

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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