Educational funding provided by Kerr
AGD Code: 148 3 Hour Lecture | Technical and Scientific
Dentists: $65 | Hygienists: $50 | All Other Categories: $45
Infection control is essential for the delivery of safe dental care. A practical approach to instrument reprocessing that follows CDC
recommendations and relevant regulations results in effective protocols that render instruments, handpieces and attachments safe
for patient care. Maintenance is also essential for the health of handpieces and attachments. This course will provide an overview of
several key aspects of infection control and OSHA, followed by a review of instrument reprocessing, with a focus on handpieces and
attachments. Steps will be discussed for effective, efficient and successful reprocessing. In addition, the main causes of handpiece
failure will be addressed as well as ways to help prolong the life of handpieces.
• Describe key aspects of infection control in the dental setting
• Provide examples of OSHA regulations and requirements related to the bloodborne pathogens standard and the handling of chemicals
• List and describe key recommendations, regulations, and the steps involved in handpiece and attachment reprocessing
• Review challenges and outcomes of incorrect reprocessing and poor maintenance, and describe solutions.