This course will provide an update on occupational blood borne and respiratory infection risks for dental healthcare professionals, as well as a practical discussion of current infection prevention regulations and recommendations for dentistry. The most recent Canadian recommendations concerning blood borne pathogens and infection control will be presented, along with updates on other regulations as they pertain to dental settings. Hand hygiene, vaccinations, and other preventive measures (i.e. personal protective equipment, instrument reprocessing, disinfection, and dental water asepsis) are frameworks for this presentation. Infectious disease challenges and prevention strategies will be used to reinforce the application of standard precautions during patient treatment. The most recent evidence-based information will also be discussed to address certain issues where perceptions and misuse of infection control procedures and products are in conflict with scientific and clinical knowledge.
Describe the most recent updates for provincial and Canadian infection control recommendations
Understand the rationale for effective, hand hygiene procedures as fundamental components of an infection control program
Discuss the challenges bloodborne and respiratory infections present to healthcare workers
Summarize the most current vaccination recommendations for dental personnel
Define recent technology advances and protocols for instrument processing and sterilization
Comprehend efficient and effective approaches to monitor sterilization
Name the use of disposables and disinfectants used in environmental surface asepsis
Identify factors which can lead to dental unit waterline (DUWL) contamination
Review practical strategies which may minimize forms of DUWL contamination
Describe the capabilities and roles for evacuation system cleaners
If you must withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances, please call 250-472-4747 at least five working days prior to commencement of the course to receive a refund. Dentists will be charged a $75 administrative fee per day of withdrawal, and allied professionals will be charged a $40 administrative fee per day of withdrawal.