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Practical Infection Control in Oral Healthcare Settings
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Updated in 2018

Participants in this course will be introduced to evidence-based information that will facilitate compliance with and the implementation of infection control rules and recommendations made by federal, state, and local agencies and professional organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the concept of standard precautions
  2. Develop an Infection control/exposure control protocol appropriate for a particular oral healthcare setting
  3. Implement essential elements of a practical infection control/exposure control program


While the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms in the oral healthcare setting is rare, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) do present a potential hazard to OHCWs and patients alike. To prevent or minimize HAIs among OHCWs and patients, oral healthcare facilities are mandated to develop a written infection control/exposure control protocol that extends to all aspects of the clinical process.


  1. Introduction
  2. Standard precautions
    1. Education and training
    2. Vaccinations
    3. Personal protective equipment
    4. Work practice and engineering controls
    5. Environmental infection control
    6. Transmission-based precautions
    7. Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette
    8. Post exposure evaluation and follow-up
    9. Administrative controls/work restrictions
  3. Conclusion


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