Breathing Easy: Observing Good Respiratory Hygiene

Karen Daw, RDH, Breathing Easy: Observing Good Respiratory Hygiene
Speaker: Karen Daw, RDH
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: PDF
This course covers respiratory hygiene best practices and recommendations for dental health care personnel, including suggested protocols to follow when treating emergency patients during a viral outb...more
  • Released: 5/1/2020
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2025
  • Review Date: 6/30/2022
CE Details
Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 730.

There is no fee to view this course. There is a fee of $36 to take the exam and claim CE credits for this course.

While COVID-19 is foremost in our minds right now, respiratory infections of all kinds lead to thousands of deaths every year in the United States. Proper respiratory hygiene can help lessen the spread of these infections, especially during an outbreak. Mitigating the dangers associated with influenza is a good place to start with any respiratory hygiene plan, and may help to protect your team from other and future aerosol-transmitted diseases. This course covers respiratory hygiene best practices and recommendations for dental health care personnel, including suggested protocols to follow when treating emergency patients during a viral outbreak.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Understand the CDC-recommended processes for first points of content with potentially infected patients.
  • Understand the American Dental Association’s definition of dental procedures that qualify as “emergency dentistry.”
  • Understand the ADA’s recommended processes and cautions when treating emergency patients.
  • Understand the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s basic infection prevention measures for most workers.
  • Understand the CDC-recommended processes for the use of face masks during “conventional capacity,” “contingency capacity” and “crisis capacity.”
Description of Speaker:
Karen Daw, “The OSHA Lady,” is an award-winning speaker, consultant and author of articles and CE courses on safety in dentistry. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her MBA with concentrations in health care administration and business management. After graduation, Daw was recruited from the emergency department to her roles as assistant director of sterilization monitoring and health and safety director for the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Website:

The author declares that within the past 12 months she has a financial arrangement interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry and health care with the following: Karen Daw Consulting, LLC, and numerous CE presentations for dental societies and in-office consultations across the USA

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This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 1.5 hours of verifiable CPD.

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