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Basic Training: Dental Infection Prevention and Safety Course

A pre-conference educational course from May 31 - June 1 that covers the basics of dental infection prevention and patient safety. This course is designed for those who work in community health centers, FQHCs, and tribal health programs. It is perfect for those who:

  • new to dental infection prevention and safety or,
  • who want to build on, apply, or enhance existing knowledge or,
  • early in their career, making a career shift, or wanting a refresher.

Curriculum

The course curriculum is based on the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings-2003, the 2016 Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care, the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (1910.1030), and the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (1910.2000). Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the curriculum will also cover the most up-to-date interim guidance and any related regulations. Participants gain an understanding of relevant infection control laws, regulations, guidelines, standards, and best practices. They will also get practical tips on how to implement them in their practice setting.

Topics Include:

  • Principles of Infection Control
  • Infection Control Coordinator Regulatory Guidance & Standards Overview
  • Sharps Safety
  • Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient Care Items
  • Surveillance & Breaches in Infection Control in Dentistry 
  • Dental Water Quality Assurance Program
  • And more!

Target Audience

  • Community Health Center (CHC) personnel responsible for infection control
  • Compliance Officers
  • Dental Clinic Infection Prevention Leads
  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) personnel responsible for infection control
  • IHS/Tribal Health Organization/Tribal Urban Clinic personnel responsible for infection control
  • Infection Prevention & Control Coordinators
  • Institutional Environmental Health Consultants
  • Quality and Risk Management Professionals