8-hour Infection Control Training for Unregistered Dental Assistants

Course progress 

This presentation contains Part I of the 8-hour Infection Control Training for Unregistered Dental Assistants. The information includes all aspects of infection control in a dental healthcare setting including disinfection and sterilization, universal & standard precautions, and operatory set-up and clean-up. 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:

  1. Explain the importance of implementing Minimum Standards for Infection Control in the Dental Healthcare Setting (DHS);
  2. Describe the role of Recommending & Regulatory agencies in infection control;
  3. Understand Dental healthcare personnel’s (DHCP) responsibility to comply with and incorporate the Minimum Standards in their daily work practices;
  4. Describe potential effects of not incorporating Minimum Standards for Infection Control;
  5. Define the causes of infection and the different types of microorganisms that contribute to infection in the dental healthcare environment;
  6. Explain the chain of infection and modes of disease transmission;
  7. Summarize strategies and practices for prevention and control of pathogens;
  8. Describe the post-management procedures and follow-up for exposure injuries;
  9. 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;
  10. Describe proper hand hygiene procedures for DHCP;
  11. 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;
  12. Describe and perform proper disinfecting techniques for clinical contact surfaces;
  13. Understand and demonstrate proper methods to disinfect and sterilize patient care items   according to infection control guidelines;
  14. Identify and perform specific requirements to maintain safe dental unit waterlines;
  15. Demonstrate correct infection control disinfection and protection strategies when   performing laboratory procedures.

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