Infection Control in the Era of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought infection control to the forefront for the entire world. Although the basic principles of infection control haven’t changed, COVID-19 has brought about significant changes in policies, protocols, and advancements in products within the dental setting. In addition, the State of Washington recently enacted infection control education and training mandates for dental personnel as well as added new requirements for infection control protocol and procedures. In this presentation, updates in infection prevention, and the components of WAC 246-817-601 will be presented to help ensure the safest dental visit. This course will meet the initial and annual training requirements for dental health care providers under WAC 246-817-615.

At the conclusion of the session, participants will learn to:

  • Integrate CDC Guidelines and COVID-19 Interim Guidelines to reduce risk to your employees, patients, and yourself
  • Discuss the recently adopted requirements for infection control within the State of Washington
  • Identify up-to-date and reliable infection control resources for future reference

Presenter:
Marie T. Fluent, DDS
Dr. Fluent is a graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. Her dental career spans 35 years and includes roles as dentist, both as an associate and practice owner, infection control coordinator, office manager, and dental assistant. Additionally, she has extensive experience and expertise as a dental inflection control clinical instructor, educator, speaker, author, and consultant. Dr. Fluent is passionate and deeply committed to improving dental infection control and patient safety. Through her writing, webinars, and invited lectures, she has educated thousands of dental professionals and students nationally and internationally. Dr. Fluent has written numerous peer reviewed articles on infection control in the dental setting, OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) compliance, and responsible antibiotic prescribing.

Disclosures: Dr. Fluent is a consultant for GOJO (manufacturer of Purell) and KOL for Hu-Friedy and SciCan.

Arcora Foundation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Arcora Foundation designates this activity for 1.25 continuing education credits.

If you have questions or would like more information about this course, please contact Karen Lewis at klewis@ArcoraFoundation.org or 206-528-7344.

Original Release Date: March 2021
Expiration Date: March 2024