Infection Control Standards for California Dental Health Care Workers, 6th Edition

About the Course
This course is designed to familiarize dental healthcare personnel with the requirements for infection control in dental offices in the State of California related to the Dental Board of California’s Minimum Standards for Infection Control (Cal. Code Regs., Title 16, Section 1005) as revised effective August 20, 2011. This basic-level course addresses terminology, reasons for infection control, minimum required standards, and procedures for preventing disease transmission in dental healthcare settings. Additional regulations and recommendations pertaining to worker safety, transmission-based precautions, and emerging infectious diseases should be considered in a dental practice comprehensive infection control program.  State regulations are reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect the current state of knowledge and to assure optimum levels of safety for both healthcare personnel and patients. California dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) should check the Dental Board of California website regularly for any changes or updates to these regulations. A thorough working knowledge of these regulations provides patient and DHCP safety, and assurance that the dental office is in compliance with the most current state dental board mandates. It should be noted that, with the arrival of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, infection control has expanded to the outer office, with the advent of initial patient screening and patient masking. In the operatory, use of N95 masks and face shields became more of a standard practice (Kane, 2021). As has always been the case, it is important to follow guidelines, prescribed practices, and legal requirements.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify the agencies that regulate infection control in dental settings on a federal level and in California.
  • Discuss the goals and minimum standards for infection control in a dental setting, including the defined terms used in the California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 1005.
  • Cite requirements for use of personal protective equipment, and procedures for hand hygiene.
  • Describe the protocol for sharps disposal and the management of occupational injuries and exposures.
  • Identify protocols for sterilization and disinfection of instruments, facilities, and lab areas.
About the Author
Eve Cuny, MS, is the director of environmental health and safety, director of global initiatives, and an asso-ciate professor at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. Ms. Cuny is a consultant to the ADA  Council  on  Scientific  Affairs  and  to  the  Education  Committee  of  the  FDI  World  Dental  Federation.  She has served as an expert reviewer and advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; is past chairperson  of  the  Organization  for  Safety,  Asepsis  and  Prevention  (OSAP);  and  has  been  a  peer  reviewer  for dental journals and dental organizations. Ms. Cuny has written extensively on numerous aspects of infec-tion  control.  She  is  primary  author  of  the  World  Health  Organization’s  guide  to  infection  control  in  oral  health care, and has lectured on infection control and patient safety throughout the world

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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