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Dental/Dental Hygienist

2024 Dental License Renewal Bundle

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course the user will be able to:

  1. Discuss prevention techniques for medical errors that frequently occur in the dental field.
  2. Identify the areas most prone to medical errors in the dental field.
  3. List and define the ethical principles used in dentistry and dental hygiene.
  4. Describe the difference between a problem and an ethical dilemma.
  5. Explain the terms, values, and concepts that are often used in health care.
  6. Choose the principles or values which are present and important in clinical scenarios.
  7. Understand the rationale for and develop policies and practices (i.e., an office infection control/exposure control protocol) intended to prevent or minimize healthcare-associated infections in the oral healthcare setting.
  8. Understand the role of and implement vaccination strategies intended to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases in the oral healthcare setting.
  9. Understand the role of and implement the use of personal protective equipment to prevent or reduce the risk of occupational exposure in the oral healthcare setting.
  10. Understand the role and implement appropriate hand hygiene
  11. Understand the role of and incorporate engineering and work practice controls to eliminate or isolate the hazard in the workplace.
  12. Understand the role of and implement environmental infection control to provide a safer work environment.
  13. Understand the importance of post-exposure follow-up and associated policies and practices to reduce the risk of post-exposure infection.
  14. Understand the principles of and implement transmission-based precautions to prevent the potential spread of specific diseases (e.g., TB disease).
  15. Understand the principles of and implement respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette, i.e., basic source control measures with patients, visitors, and oral health care personnel with signs and symptoms of respiratory tract infection.
  16. Understand the principles of administrative controls and establish exclusion policies from work and patient contact.