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Infection Control After COVID-19

Saturday, January 8, 2022 9:00am to 1:00pm

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Infection Control After COVID-19 and the California Dental Practice Act

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Infection Control After COVID-19

John A. Molinari, PhD

During administration of patient care, dental healthcare professionals (DCP) and their patients can be exposed to a variety of bacteria, viruses and fungi via blood, oral fluids and respiratory secretions. Efforts to protect DCP against occupational exposure from pathogenic microorganisms continue to include applications of standard precautions, including hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), instrument sterilization and surface disinfection. These remain fundamental foundations for effective infection prevention in clinical settings. Science-based CDC recommendations, OSHA regulations, as well as recommendations from dental organizations will be discussed to support recent infection control updates and modifications. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a review of PPE and other equipment that were used in dental settings before emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 respiratory pathogen. Current and emerging information pertaining to suggested PPE and air quality modifications will be considered, in light of recent findings and publications from CDC, NIOSH and OSHA.

You Will Learn

  • To comprehend the basis for application of standard precautions and transmission-based precautions in an infection prevention program
  • To utilize components of a comprehensive infection control plan
  • To understand governmental infection control modifications necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • To understand the most recent updates for CDC recommendations and OSHA requirements for dentistry

California Dental Practice Act

Bruce Peltier, PhD, MBA

This course is a review of the essential elements of the California Dental Practice Act.

You Will Learn

  • The Dental Practice Act: What it is and where to find it?
  • Acts in violation of the Dental Practice Act
  • Effective informed consent practices
  • Laws governing the prescribing of drugs
  • Keeping or losing your license (citations, fines, revocation, suspension)
  • License renewal regulations and procedures
  • How dentists and auxiliaries get into trouble
  • Advertising in dentistry
  • Child abuse, elder abuse and domestic violence reporting
  • Termination of care and patient abandonment
  • Substance abuse and diversion

Who Should Attend

The Dental Board of California requires that all dentists, registered dental hygienists and registered dental assistants take two units each of dental law and infection control every two years in order to renew their licenses.

Tuition: $145
Program: 9:00 am – 1:00pm
Format: Live, interactive webinar via Zoom
Credits: This activity is designated for 4 units of continuing education credit.


John A. Molinari, PhD, earned a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently worked as a faculty member in the School of Dental Medicine. He is currently professor emeritus at University of Detroit Mercy, where he served for 32 years in the School of Dentistry as professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and director of infection control. Later, he was infection control director for Dental Advisor where he was involved in research on new infection prevention technologies and products. He has also served as an infectious disease consultant for the CDC, ADA and regional hospitals. Dr. Molinari has published more than 500 scientific articles, text chapters and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control.

Bruce Peltier, PhD, MBA, is an emeritus professor of psychology and ethics at the Dugoni School of Dentistry where he directed the biomedical ethics program. A graduate of West Point, he has a PhD in counseling from Wayne State University and has received training at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He is author of The Psychology of Executive CoachingDental Ethics Primer and the hypnosis CD, Relieving Dental Anxiety. He has provided remediation services for providers disciplined by the Dental Board of California for the past 25 years.

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