During and After COVID-19
Emerging Infectious Diseases, Infection Control, and a Vaccines Update
This Video Course Counts for In-person CE Credits!
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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to face a new normal, and the delivery of health care has been significantly impacted by the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. This course will initially provide an update on the current status of COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 infection, including a discussion of the emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants and available therapeutic treatments.
Other occupational respiratory and bloodborne infection risks for dental health-care professionals will also be discussed. Reinforcement of standard precautions and health care worker vaccines will be emphasized as major components of effective infection prevention, as well as transmission precautions necessitated by airborne microbial challenges. Updated information for currently COVID-19 vaccines and recommendations will be highlighted.
The latest information pertaining to personal protective equipment (PPE) protection and air quality modifications for dentistry will be discussed in light of the most recent CDC, ADA, NIOSH and OSHA recommendations. Hand hygiene and other preventive measures (e.g., instrument processing, disinfection, and dental water asepsis) will provide additional frameworks during this course.
When considered together, 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.
After completing this course, attendees will be better able to:
▪ describe current science-based information pertaining to COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 viral infections
▪ understand dental occupational risks from respiratory and bloodborne pathogens
▪ understand the most recent updates for CDC recommendations and OSHA requirements for infection control in dentistry
▪ discuss governmental infection prevention modifications necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic
▪ understand the rationale for effective, hand hygiene procedures as fundamental components of an infection control program
▪ discuss the application of transmission-based precautions during patient procedures
▪ describe recent technology advances and protocols for instrument processing and sterilization
▪ understand how to effectively monitor instrument reprocessing and sterilization procedures
▪ describe the use of disposables and disinfectants used in environmental surface asepsis
▪ describe factors which can lead to dental unit waterline (DUWL) contamination
▪ comprehend practical strategies that can minimize DUWL contamination
▪ discuss available COVID-19 vaccines for various populations
▪ explain the potential importance of vaccine booster doses
▪ comprehend the most current vaccination recommendations for dental personnel
John A. Molinari, PhD earned a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently worked as a faculty member in the School of Dental Medicine. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he served for 32 years in the School of Dentistry as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. Later, he was Infection Control Director for DENTAL ADVISOR where he was involved in research on newly developed infection prevention technologies and products. He has published over 500 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. He has also been a consultant for the CDC, ADA, and regional hospitals.
Early Bird Registration
BY12:00 pm / Noon (CST) 8/26/22
Hygienist/Lab Tech: $200
Dental Assistant: $115
After 12:00 pm / Noon (CST) 8/26/22
Hygienist/Lab Tech: $215
Dental Assistant: $130
AFTER 12:00 pm / Noon (CST) 9/30/22
Hygienist/Lab Tech: $240
Dental Assistant: $155
Online Sign-In: 8:20 am to 8:50 am (CST)
Video course begins at 9:00 am (CST)
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NOTE: The Live-Stream Video Conference option for this course is only available to those that live 120 miles or more from the course location. Video conference registrations for this course MUST BE PROCESSED BY PHONE.
LSUCDE video courses are live-streamed via BlueJeans. CE administrators perform roll call and random check-ins via the chat window in BlueJeans. If you miss one or more check-ins it could affect your credits. Before the course you will receive three links: a link to the meeting, a link to a short test, and a link to a course evaluation. You must submit the test and evaluation in order to receive credit. The Louisiana State Board of Dentistry counts CE hours earned through LSUCDE live video conference as in-person hours.