Infection Control After COVID-19
John A. Molinari, PhD
Dental healthcare professionals and their patients can be exposed to a variety of bacteria, viruses and fungi via blood, oral fluids and respiratory secretions, and effective infection prevention in clinical settings is vital. Science-based CDC recommendations and OSHA regulations, as well as recommendations from dental organizations, will be discussed to support recent infection control updates and modifications. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a review of PPE and other equipment that were used in dental settings before the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 respiratory pathogen. Current and emerging information pertaining to suggested PPE and air quality modifications will be considered.
You Will Learn
- To comprehend the basis for application of standard precautions and transmission-based precautions in an infection prevention program
- To utilize components of a comprehensive infection control plan
- The governmental infection control modifications necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic
- The most recent updates for CDC recommendations and OSHA requirements for dentistry
California Dental Practice Act
Bruce Peltier, PhD, MBA
This course is a review of the essential elements of the California Dental Practice Act.
You Will Learn
- The Dental Practice Act: What it is and where to find it?
- Acts in violation of the Dental Practice Act
- Effective informed consent practices
- Laws governing the prescribing of drugs
- Keeping or losing your license (citations, fines, revocation, suspension)
- License renewal regulations and procedures
- How dentists and auxiliaries get into trouble
- Advertising in dentistry
- Child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence reporting
- Termination of care and patient abandonment
- Substance abuse and diversion
Who Should Attend
The Dental Board of California requires that all dentists, registered dental hygienists and registered dental assistants take two units each of dental law and infection control every two years in order to renew their licenses.
Program: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Format: Live, interactive webinar via Zoom
Credits: This activity is designated for 4 units of continuing education credit.
John A. Molinari, PhD, earned a PhD in microbiology from University of Pittsburgh and subsequently worked as a faculty member in its School of Dental Medicine. He is currently professor emeritus at University of Detroit Mercy, where he served for 32 years as professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and director of infection control. He was infection control director for Dental Advisor and has served as an infectious disease consultant for the CDC, ADA and regional hospitals. He has published more than 500 scientific articles, text chapters and abstracts and lectures internationally on infectious diseases and infection control.
Bruce Peltier, PhD, MBA, is an emeritus professor of psychology and ethics at the Dugoni School of Dentistry where he directed the biomedical ethics program. A graduate of West Point, he has a PhD in counseling from Wayne State University and has received training at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He is author of The Psychology of Executive Coaching, Dental Ethics Primer and the hypnosis CD, Relieving Dental Anxiety. He has provided remediation services for dentists disciplined by the Dental Board of California for the past 25 years.