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A Practical Guide to Infection Control

About This Course

This course will focus on the principles and protocols of infection control in dentistry and the theoretical rational for performing the procedures. Every dental office should have at least one person in charge of the infection control program. The results of a 2006 Dental Assisting National Board survey show that the responsibility for infection control and US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance often rests on the shoulders of at least one dental assistant in the dental office. Upon completion of this course the reader will understand the basic principles of infection control in the dental setting. These areas will be covered:
1) Standards for Infection Control
2) Hand Hygiene
3) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
4) Sterilization, Disinfection and use of Barriers
5) Dental Unit Water Lines
6) Preventing Contamination of the Dental Laboratory
7) Requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard
8) The Role of the Infection Control Coordinator
9) Training Topics for Infection Control
10) Locate resources for Infection Control and Safety

Course Staff

Leslie Canham

Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA

Leslie is an international speaker and consultant specializing in Infection Control, OSHA Compliance, HIPAA regulations, and treating special needs patients. Her vast experience in the dental field since 1972 along with her OSHA knowledge, gives Leslie a unique perspective on how dental practices can be safe, compliant, and productive. Leslie is recognized as a Certified Speaking Professional and has earned the reputation as an outstanding speaker in dentistry. Leslie is authorized as an OSHA Trainer and is approved by the California Dental Board and the Academy of General Dentistry (PACE) as a continuing education provider. In addition to her busy speaking schedule, Leslie provides in-office training, consulting, mock OSHA inspections, dental office audits, and webinars.

Certification Information

Approved Pace Program Provider
Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD Credit
Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement 7/1/2016 to 6/30/2019
Provider ID #309475
Students who successfully complete this course will receive 12 Continuing Education Credits.

This course provider is registered in the state of California to provide license renewal (Provider #3825)

Always check with your specific state/territory board and licensing requirements. For dental professionals in the United States, check requirements according to the American Dental Association website. For information about continuing education requirements in Canada, visit the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, the required reading for this course is included.

What if I have a DentalPost Dental Practice and DentalPost Dental Professional profile? What login information do I use to take the course?

Make sure you are signed in as a Dental Professional in order to recieve CE credit for taking this course. If you only have a Dental Practice profile, you will need to create a seperate Dental Professional profile- which is free to do.