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Disinfection, Sterilization, & Bloodborne Pathogens: Part 1 - Disinfection

Dental Assisting > Disinfection & Sterilization
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This module is part of a 2-volume set. Part 1 of the course provides knowledge of proper disinfection and infection control techniques of the dental equipment and treatment rooms.

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This module is part of a 2-volume set. Part 1 of the course provides knowledge of proper disinfection and infection control techniques of the dental equipment and treatment rooms. The dental equipment and treatment room surfaces are often exposed to blood and saliva, and therefore are at risk for becoming contaminated. If proper infection control is not in place, infections can easily be transmitted through the office from the blood or saliva of the patients being treated, as well as the surfaces that are touched. Therefore, infection control and proper disinfection and sterilization procedures must be followed to minimize the risk of disease transmission and provide safety to the dental care workers and patients they treat.

Introduction
Step 1 - Disease Transmission
Step 1.1 - Modes of transmission
Step 1.2 - Cross-contamination
Step 1.3 - Standard precautions
Step 1.4 - Exposure control
Step 1.5 - Hepatitis B vaccination
Step 1.6 - Hepatitis C
Step 1.7 - Herpes
Step 1.8 - HIV
Step 2 - Hand Hygiene, Personal Protective Equipment, and Barrier Techniques
Step 2.1 - Handwashing
Step 2.2 - Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Step 2.3 - Contaminated personal protective equipment
Step 2.4 - Operatory protective surface barriers
Step 2.5 - Common dental patient care item classifications
Step 3 - Disinfection Methods
Step 3.1 - Treatment room cleaning and disinfection procedures
Step 3.2 - Disinfectant levels
Step 3.3 - Disinfectant usage
Step 3.4 - Disinfection material storage
Step 4 - Waste management
Step 5 - Routine Procedures for Instrument Processing and Operatory
Step 5.1 - The instrument processing area
Step 5.2 - Maintenance of the sterilization equipment
Step 5.3 - Maintenance of the ultrasonic cleaner
Step 5.4 - Maintenance of the oral evacuation system
Step 5.5 - Maintenance of dental waterline
Step 5.6 - Start-of-day procedures
Step 5.7 - End-of-day procedures
  • Describe the purpose and limitations of disinfection
  • Describe the methods of disease transmission.
  • Describe the importance of proper hand hygiene.
  • Describe personal protective equipment (PPE) and barrier techniques.
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for disinfection.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for disinfecting.
  • Describe and demonstrate disinfection.
  • Describe pre- and post-treatment infection control.
  • Know the correct post-procedure considerations following disinfection.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Describe clinical safety according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Understand the impact of the State Dental Practice Acts.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

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