Health, Safety, Protection and Infection Control in the Dental Practice

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  • 8 CEUs
  • Presented by:
    John A. Molinari Ph.D.

  • Date + Time:

    Saturday, October 1, 2022   8:30am - 5:00pm

  • Location:

    DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

    363 Maine Mall Road

    South Portland, ME   04106

    (207) 775-6161

    Facility Website

  • Regular Tuition:

    Dentists: $295.00

    RDH /Auxiliaries : $195.00

    RDH or Aux. in attendance with Dentist: $155.00

    Add $10/registrant if after: Friday, September 23, 2022

    Refund Policy

  • Parking:

    Complimentary. Use open lots.

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Health, Safety, Protection and Infection Control in the Dental Practice
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Course Description

Health, Safety, Protection and Infection Control in the Dental Practice
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases described over the past 5 decades include those caused by newly discovered pathogens, as well as re-emergent infections caused by microbial mutation and drug-resistance. The latest example was the emergence and spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resultant COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent epidemiologic and scientific evidence pertaining to SARS-CoV-2 disease will be presented, including progress in antiviral treatment, and effective vaccines. Occupational risks for health care workers (medical and dental) will be featured, along with recommended modifications to infection prevention strategies. Other global disease challenges presented by widespread respiratory infections (influenza viruses, tuberculosis), blood-borne pathogens (hepatitis B and C viruses and Human Immunodeficiency Virus), and waterborne pathogens (Legionellosis) will also be discussed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the delivery of health care. This seminar will discuss the impact on dentistry by presenting the most recent infection control recommendations and regulations as they relate to dental settings. Discussion sections include hand hygiene, vaccinations, personal protective equipment (PPE), instrument reprocessing, environmental surface disinfection, and dental water treatment. Accumulated science-based evidence describing health care risks from occupational blood-borne, airborne, and waterborne pathogens will serve as frameworks for the presentation. Application of Standard and Transmission-based Precautions, PPE and air quality requirements necessitated by emergence of SARS-CoV-2 disease also will be considered in light of updated CDC, OSHA, NIOSH, and EPA publications. A major goal of this session is to help dental professionals increase their understanding of the “why” as well as the “what” of infection control procedures.

Vaccine Recommendations: Science, Success & Myths
This seminar will consider vaccination as one of the most effective public health approaches for protection of both the general population and health care professionals. Updated science-and clinical-based knowledge for approved COVID-19 vaccines will be featured. In addition, information pertaining to vaccines used in the prevention of adult infectious diseases, especially those with increased occupational risks for healthcare professionals, will compromise a major portion of the discussion. Descriptions of available vaccines and emerging technologies will be presented to provide participants useful information when considering: 1. their own protection; 2. protection of the general public; and 3. vaccine requirements for individuals diagnosed with immune compromising conditions and diseases. Important information also will be included describing vaccine mis-perceptions and myths which can damage public health success against vaccine-preventable diseases.

  1. Emerging Infectious Diseases
    1. Overview of global disease status
    2. Factors related to emergence of infectious diseases
      1. Human demographics and behavior
      2. Breakdown in public health systems and measures
      3. Microbial adaptation and change
      4. Ecological factors
    3. Representative diseases
      1. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      2. Antibiotic-resistant infections
      3. Bloodborne viral diseases (Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, HIV/AIDS)
      4. Respiratory Infections (COVID-19 [Coronavirus], Influenza, Tuberculosis)
      5. Contact-mediated infections (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA])
      6. Clostridium difficile-mediated enterocolitis
      7. Candida auris
    4. Challenges to infection control practices
  2. Infection Control and OSHA During and After COVID-19
    1. Current guidelines, recommendations overview & exposure control plan for dental practice - CDC, ADA, OSHA
    2. Current Statistics - Hepatitis-C
    3. Aseptic Techniques - hand hygiene
    4. Post-Exposure Management Protocols
    5. Personal Protection Equipment Updates - gloves, eyewear, masks
    6. Instrument Sterilization & Processing
    7. Environmental Surface Disinfection
      1. Covers
      2. Spray disinfectants
      3. Disinfectant wipes
    8. Dental Unit Waterline Asepsis
  3. Vaccine Recommendations
    1. Public health impact
    2. Principles and vaccine types
    3. Representative vaccines
      1. Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
      2. Influenza
      3. Bacterial pneumonia
      4. Pertussis
      5. Zoster (shingles)
      6. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
    4. Public Health Knowledge
      1. Herd immunity
      2. Mandated requirements
    5. Vaccination science vs. myths

Dr. Molinari's seminar will use a traditional Power Point lecture format that will include microbiological, research, and other evidence-based clinical information to demonstrate and reinforce concepts. The presentation will also encourage audience participation in the discussion of appropriate infection prevention strategies for clinical settings. Participants will have multiple opportunities to ask questions during the course of the seminar."

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What People Are Saying
  • "Dr. Molinari is very knowledgeable & keeps you interested."
    Jessica C. - RDH
    Morgantown, WV

  • "Thank you for an excellent timely presentation!"
    Nicholas M. - DDS
    Pittsburgh, PA

  • "Enthusiastic, articulate and a touch of humility - I appreciate your time, research and ability to share information."
    Heidi H. - RDH
    Pittsburgh, PA

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss epidemiology and current status of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 infection
  2. Understand the most recent updates for CDC and OSHA infection control recommendations and regulations
  3. Comprehend recommended transmission-based precautions associated with controlling aerosols and airborne pathogens
  4. Understand the rationale for effective, hand hygiene procedures
  5. Comprehend the most current vaccination recommendations for dental personnel
  6. Describe recent technology advances and protocols for instrument processing and sterilization
  7. Understand how to effectively monitor reprocessing and sterilization procedures
  8. Describe the use of disposables and disinfectants used in environmental surface asepsis
  9. Describe factors which can lead to dental unit waterline (DUWL) contamination
  10. Comprehend practical strategies which can minimize DUWL contamination
  11. Describe major global and epidemiological factors which can lead to the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases
  12. Understand current science-based information pertaining to SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 pandemic
  13. Describe representative blood-borne, airborne and water-borne infections
  14. Comprehend occupational risks to healthcare workers and patients presented by these diseases
  15. Comprehend the overall impact vaccinations have had in protecting the population against many infectious diseases
  16. Understand the most recent updated information concerning COVID-19 vaccines
  17. Discuss the latest CDC vaccine recommendations for health care professionals
  18. Understand the rationale for other representative vaccination recommendations, including human papilloma virus infections
  19. Describe the dangers of public misperceptions against vaccines
  20. Describe application of standard precautions as the foundation of infection prevention
  21. Describe challenges bloodborne and respiratory infections present to dental healthcare workers

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