Pandemic Response in Dentistry to COVID-19: Best Practices for Re-Opening

Dr. Margaret Scarlett, Pandemic Response in Dentistry to COVID-19: Best Practices for Re-Opening
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Scarlett
CE Credits: 1.75
Format: MP4 Video
This course provides the basics of pandemic preparedness and response for COVID-19 with best practices for closing and re-opening of dental practice. Dental health personnel are among those at highest...more
  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Released: 5/13/2020
  • Expiration Date: 5/13/2023
CE Details
Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.75 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 750.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

Synopsis:
This course provides the basics of pandemic preparedness and response for COVID-19 with best practices for closing and re-opening of dental practice. Dental health personnel are among those at highest occupational risk for acquiring COVID-19, according to OSHA. Data indicate that both droplets and certain aerosols from both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients up to 13 feet away contain the RNA virus, SARS-CoV-2.

Therefore, minimizing prolonged, close contact with patients will reduce any risk of transmission of pathogens. As the data evolve, key questions remain. This course reviews key infection control policies and practices by dental offices prior to re-opening. Among best practices evolving, these include optimizing teledentistry use for patient intake, management of some emergencies with prescriptions, and risk reduction, including IRT and medical management of caries.


Description of Speaker:
Margaret Scarlett DMD is an infectious and chronic disease prevention specialist, dentist and author. First author of the original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infection control guidelines for dentistry in 1986, Dr. Scarlett is dedicated to infection control, and health and safety in the dental office and dental schools. Retired from the US Public Health Service after more than 20 years, she was a senior director of policies and programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For thirty years, Dr. Scarlett has provided expert guidance as a consultant to CDC, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, the American Red Cross, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Conference Board and many consumer health companies.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • Describe key communication in assuring pandemic preparedness, health security and implications for dental practices
  • ) Review key epidemiologic data on COVID-19, including cause, symptoms, course of infection, mode of transmission, and mitigation strategies
  • Identify gaps in surveillance efforts, including testing, and evolving science of droplet and certain aerosols related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Review key infection control practices to reduce any risks of droplet or aerosol transmission of any disease
  • Focus on emerging best practices now and after re-opening, including teledentistry, minimizing patient wait times, increasing air exchanges in offices and medical management of caries

Disclosure:
In the past 12 months, the lecturer/speaker declare that they have had a financial interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry or health care with the following: Scarlett Consulting International, and the Department of Homeland Security, US Public Health Service.

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Farran Media 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. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/goto/cerp. For any questions, please contact Howard Goldstein, DMD, Director of Continuing Education at hogo@dentaltown.com.
American General Dentistry (AGD), Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) approved, FAGD / MAGD Credit Farran Media is a nationally approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 1/1/2019 to 12/31/2022. Provider ID# 304396
This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 1.75 hours of verifiable CPD.

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For any questions, please contact Howard Goldstein, DMD, Director of Continuing Education at hogo@dentaltown.com
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