OSHA & CDC Infection Control Standards in the Dental Healthcare Setting, 2nd Ed. - L0733


About Course #L0733

Release Date: July 31, 2013

Review Date: June 14, 2019

Expiration Date: December  31, 2019

There are more than one-half million dental healthcare personnel in the United States, a total that includes approximately 195,000 dentists, 200,000 registered dental hygienists, 300,000 dental assistants, and 35,000 dental laboratory technicians. Most dentists are solo practitioners working in outpatient, ambulatory care facilities using instruments that generate spatter, mists, aerosols, or particulate matter. In such settings there is a strong possibility that patients and dental personnel will be exposed to blood and other potentially pathogenic infectious material unless precautions are taken. Fortunately, by understanding certain principles of disease transmission and using infection control practices, dental personnel can prevent disease transmission.

This basic-level course helps to protect both patient and practitioner safety by providing dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with a review of the CDC recommendations for barrier precautions in the dental healthcare setting and the application of OSHA regulations to infection control. By understanding certain principles of disease transmission and using infection control practices, dental personnel can prevent disease transmission. The course explains universal precautions and describes personal protective equipment. Environmental infection control procedures are identified including general cleaning recommendations cleaning clinical contact surfaces and cleaning housekeeping surfaces.

AGD Subject Code: 148

Course Objectives

  • Explain the importance of infection control in dentistry
  • Outline the CDC recommendations and OSHA regulations for infection control in the dental healthcare setting
  • Identify standard (universal) precautions
  • Describe personal protective equipment
  • Identify environmental infection control procedures

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, West Virginia, dental professionals: This course fulfills your infection control requirement.

About the Author(s)

John F. Kross, MSc, DMD, received his doctorate in dental medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Centers of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). His professional training and experience include practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and in New London, Pennsylvania, as well as instructing students at Delaware Technical Community College in oral pathology. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.

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.
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  • 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.