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Effective Hand Hygiene: Going Through the Proper Motions

About This Course

Hand hygiene is the single most important step in prevention of disease transmission. It’s something we do many times throughout the day, but it easily becomes a routine process without conscious effort. Numerous studies over the last few decades have shown that hand hygiene compliance rates are generally less than fifty percent. By staying up-to-date on current research and new products and periodically reviewing proper techniques you will always be among those professionals who are compliant. Effective hand hygiene breaks the chain of infection and protects professionals and patients alike.


Upon completion of this course, you will:

Define hand hygiene and its relationship to Standard Precautions

Describe three recognized hand hygiene techniques

Assess when to use alcohol-based products or soap and water

Select appropriate products for effective hand hygiene

Implement an effective hand hygiene program

Course Staff

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Patricia Reynolds, RDH, CRDH, BASDH

As a Certified Registered Dental Hygienist, Trish has more than 25 years of experience in patient care. For approximately 15 years, she served as the OSHA and Infection Control Coordinator in a large group dental practice. She continued to fill those positions while she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College and completed Master’s level coursework in Health Professions Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. Trish was an adjunct faculty member at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Dental Hygiene Program for 10 years where she taught clinically and didactically in her areas of expertise: Infection Control and Compliance. Clients love Trish’s attention to detail and passion for infection control.

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Linda Harvey, RDH, MS, LHRM

Linda Harvey is founder and CEO of two compliance-related companies. Her second company, the Institute for Dental Compliance and Risk Management, was founded to meet the growing need for dental compliance experts in dentistry. The Institute is designed to teach dental professionals OSHA and HIPAA laws along with risk management to prepare them for emerging jobs in dentistry. As a licensed Healthcare Risk Manager and veteran dental professional, Linda teaches dentists and their teams how to protect their patients, practices and themselves against disease transmission as well as penalties from non-compliance. She works with offices and groups across the country and draws from real-world experience, having worked closely with offices that have undergone HIPAA, OSHA and board of dentistry audits.

Certification Information

Approved Pace Program Provider
CE credits are provided by the Linda Harvey Group. The Linda Harvey Group is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education courses of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 8/1/2014 to 7/31/2018. Provider ID: 317912

Students who successfully complete this course will receive 1 Continuing Education Credit.

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, everything necessary to complete 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.

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