This presentation contains Part I of the 8-hour Infection Control Training for Unlicensed Dental Assistants. The information includes all aspects of infection control in a dental healthcare setting including universal & standard precautions, disinfection and sterilization, and the importance and use of PPE. Successful completion of Part I will prepare you for Part II, the 4-hour in-person clinical application and assessment session.
This online section is self-paced and should take you approximately 4 hours to complete.
Please note: in order to participate in Part II, you will need to pass the online test covering Part I which is given at the end of this online course. You must complete each session/section to move on to the next session/section and to take the test.
Upon completion of Session I, students will be able to:
- Explain the importance of implementing Minimum Standards for Infection Control in the Dental Healthcare Setting (DHS);
- Describe the role of Recommending & Regulatory agencies in infection control;
- Understand Dental healthcare personnel’s (DHCP) responsibility to comply with and incorporate the Minimum Standards in their daily work practices;
- Describe potential effects of not incorporating Minimum Standards for Infection Control;
- Define the causes of infection and the different types of microorganisms that contribute to infection in the dental healthcare environment;
- Explain the chain of infection and modes of disease transmission;
- Summarize strategies and practices for prevention and control of pathogens;
- Describe the post-management procedures and follow-up for exposure injuries;
- Explain the different types of waste generated in a dental office, and the correct way to handle, store, and dispose of the various types of waste using infection control guidelines;
- Describe proper hand hygiene procedures for DHCP;
- Explain and demonstrate the correct techniques for placing (donning), wearing, and removing personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to effectively protect against splatter, splash, and aerosol contamination;
- Describe and perform proper disinfecting techniques for clinical contact surfaces;
- Understand and demonstrate proper methods to disinfect and sterilize patient care items according to infection control guidelines;
- Identify and perform specific requirements to maintain safe dental unit waterlines;
- Demonstrate correct infection control disinfection and protection strategies when performing laboratory procedures.
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