ELC20-WEB3: Is Something in the Air? Infection Prevention/Control in the Era of COVID-19
Moderator: Dr. Purnima Kumar, DDS, PhD
Speakers(s): Dr. Mia Giesinger, DDS, MS. University Texas San Antonio School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Geisinger has disclosed she is a consultant and speaker for Procter and Gamble Company, a speaker for Dentistry IQ, the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association, Regional/Local Dental Meetings and Study Clubs, a speaker for the Osteology Foundation, and a research grant recipient with Procter and Gamble Company, NIH, NIAMS, Amniogenix, Strauman, and Zimmer Biomet.
Program Track: Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Diagnosis
Course Description: With the rapid pandemic incited by SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, there has been a renewed interest in aerosols in the dental office. Dental procedures that employ handpieces, lasers, electrosurgery units, ultrasonic scalers, air polishers, prophy angles, hand instruments, or air/water syringes can create bioaerosols and spatter. Inhalation of airborne particles and aerosols produced during dental procedures may cause adverse respiratory health effects and bidirectional disease transmission.
This presentation will review current understanding regarding the SARS-CoV-2 virus, “invisible risks” within operatories, up-to-date infection control recommendations, and emerging evidence for ongoing infection control when delivering dental care. Original broadcast on Wednesday, April 8 at 12:00 p.m. CT.
· Assess risk factors and basic properties of aerosols generated during routine dental procedures
· Identify pathogens and resultant illnesses associated with such aerosols
· Differentiate between standard and transmission-based precautions and their utility in the dental office
· Review infection control and aerosol mitigation techniques that may reduce the risk of cross-contamination to patients and providers.
Course length: 1 hour
Original release date: April 9, 2020
Expiration date: April 9, 2023
The American Academy of Periodontology designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.
The American Academy of Periodontology 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. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP.
The AAP cautions participants for this CE activity about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures in their practice.