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COVID-19: Insights, Interim Recommendations and Infection Control

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This podcast will discuss the origins of the SARS-COV-2 virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be followed by a review of the virus, its transmission routes, infectivity, symptoms, risk factors and the current status of this pandemic.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Review the origins of SARS-COV-2 and human=to-human transmission routes
  2. List and describe symptoms of COVID-19 and individual at greater risk of severe COVID-19 disease. 

References

  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateWednesday 29th April, 2020, 12:00 AM
  • Expiration dateSaturday 29th April, 2023, 12:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)148

This podcast will discuss Dental Office Restrictions, Emergency and Urgent Care and Elective vs non-elective procedures, etc. (ADA info included), as well as the screening and handling of patients at the current time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Review interim guidance on emergency care and office restrictions.
  2. Describe methods to screen patients and what this screening should entail during the current pandemic.

References

  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateWednesday 29th April, 2020, 12:00 AM
  • Expiration dateSaturday 29th April, 2023, 12:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)148

This podcast will discuss challenges in the dental and dental hygiene educational setting and how these challenges are being met.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Describe the challenges currently facing dental and dental hygiene schools, staff and students.
  2. Review examples of methods that have been and may be implemented to meet current challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

References

  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateWednesday 29th April, 2020, 12:00 AM
  • Expiration dateSaturday 29th April, 2023, 12:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)148

This podcast will discuss recommended hand hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) in dental offices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Review the methods recommended for hand hygiene
  2. List and describe the selection and use of PPE for dental healthcare personnel for the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

References

  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateWednesday 29th April, 2020, 12:00 AM
  • Expiration dateSaturday 29th April, 2023, 12:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)148

This podcast will discuss the recommended procedures and products recommended for the management of clinical contact surface for the dental office during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, instrument reprocessing will briefly be addressed.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Review the routes of transmission of microorganisms whereby clinical contact surfaces become contaminated.
  2. List and describe the steps in the management of clinical contact surfaces. 

References

  • Al Maghlouth A, Al Yousef Y, Al-Bagieh NH. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of microbial aerosols in selected areas within the College of Dentistry, King Saud University. Quintessence Int. 2007 May;38(5):e222-8.
  • American Dental Association. Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission. Available at: https://www.ada.org/~/media/CPS/Files/COVID/ADA_COVID_Int_Guidance_Treat_Pts.pdf
  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. ANSI/AAMI ST79-2017. Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities.  Arlington, VA.
  • CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Dental Settings. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html
  • CDC. Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings—2003. MMWR 2003;52(RR- 17):1-66.
  • CDC. Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings. Basic Expectations for Safe Care. Available at:  https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/pdf/safe-care2.pdf
  • Environmental Protection Agency. List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. Available at: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
  • Grenier D. Quantitative Analysis of Bacterial Aerosols in Two Different Dental Clinic Environments. Appl Env Microbiol. 1995;61(8):3165-3168.
  • Prospero E, Savini S, Annino I. Microbial aerosol contamination of dental healthcare workers’ faces and other surfaces in dental practice. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2003 Feb;24(2):139-41.
  • van Doremalen N, Bushmaker T, Morris DH, et al. Aerosol and surface stability of SARS-CoV-2 as compared with SARS-CoV-1. N Engl J Med. 2020. Available at https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973
  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateWednesday 29th April, 2020, 12:00 AM
  • Expiration dateSaturday 29th April, 2023, 12:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)148

This podcast will discuss the contamination and routine management of dental unit waterlines. This will be followed by a discussion on what to do when offices reopen after being restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Review the contamination of dental unit waterline water and its historical perspective.
  2. Describe methods by which the dental unit waterlines in closed and open systems may be monitored and maintained, including when reopening after restricted practice associated with COVID-19.

References

  • CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Dental Settings. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html
  • CDC. Guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings—2003. MMWR 2003;52(RR- 17):1-66.
  • CDC. Notes from the Field: Mycobacterium abscessus Infections Among Patients of a Pediatric Dentistry Practice — Georgia, 2015. MMWR 2016;65(13):355-356.
  • CDC. Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings. Basic Expectations for Safe Care. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/pdf/safe-care2.pdf
  • Mills S. The dental unit waterline controversy: defusing the myths, defining the solutions. J Am Dent Assoc. 2000;131:1427-1441.
  • O’Donnell MJ et al. Management of dental unit waterline biofilms in the 21st century. Future Microbiol. (2011) 6(10), 1209-1226.
  • OSAP. Dental Unit Waterline White Paper. Available at: www.osap.org.
  • OSHA Review. The DUWL Outbreak in Orange County. Available at: https://oshareview.com/2019/10/the-duwl-outbreak-in-orange-county/
  • Porteous N, Sun Y, Schoolfield J. Evaluation of 3 dental unit waterline contamination testing methods. Gen Dent. 2015 Jan-Feb;63(1):41-7.
  • Prospero E, Savini S, Annino I: Microbial aerosol contamination of dental healthcare workers’ faces and other surfaces in dental practice.
  • Ricci, ML, Fontana, S, Pinci, F, et al. Pneumonia associated with a dental unit waterline. The Lancet. 2012;379(9816):684.
  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateWednesday 29th April, 2020, 12:00 AM
  • Expiration dateSaturday 29th April, 2023, 12:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)148

This podcast will discuss origins of dental fear, including due to COVID-19. This is followed by a discussion on ways to try to alleviate patient fear associated with COVID-19 and the dental office.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Review causes of fear among patients
  2. List and describe methods to help reduce patient fear in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

References

  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateWednesday 29th April, 2020, 12:00 AM
  • Expiration dateSaturday 29th April, 2023, 12:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)148

This podcast will discuss the ADA Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit in the context of the anticipated re-opening of dental offices for normal care, which will vary by State and location. Recommendations and actions will be discussed.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Review content provided in the Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit discussed in the podcast.
  2. List and describe specific recommendations on pre-screening and screening of patients, and infection control procedures.

References

  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateWednesday 29th April, 2020, 12:00 AM
  • Expiration dateSaturday 29th April, 2023, 12:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)148
“COVID-19: Insights, Interim Recommendations and Infection Control” is co-sponsored by Tribune Group GmbH. Tribune Group GmbH is a recognized ADA CERP and AGD PACE provider. At the end of the webinar, after passing the C.E. Quiz, you will be able to download your ADA CERP and AGD PACE C.E. Certificates.