Disinfection and Sterilization: A Primer

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Margaret Scarlett, DMD, Disinfection and Sterilization: A Primer
Speaker: Margaret Scarlett, DMD
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: MP4 Video
This lecture contains a practical, rational and economical approach to instrument processing and sterilization and disinfection in the dental office. We will also discuss various types of germicidal ...more
  • 5.0 (4 Reviews)
  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Released: 8/11/2006
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
  • Review Date: 6/30/2019
CE Details
Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 148.

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

Synopsis:
This lecture contains a practical, rational and economical approach to instrument processing and sterilization and disinfection in the dental office. The variety of new products and materials available in dentistry increases every day. Rather than a discussion of how each of these should be disinfected and sterilized, this lecture focuses on determining what to do by how to the items are used in patient care. In addition to discussion of categorization of patient care items and sterilization techniques, practitioners are guided through a discussion of types of germicidal products. These should be evaluated carefully.

In general, choosing the right germicidal product is important. What you choose in a germicidal agent depends on a number of factors, such as the nature of the contamination (meaning the organic material such as whether it is blood or saliva), the amount of the contamination present, the type of germicide used and whether it is sporicidal or tuberculocidal. The spray, wipe, spray approach is easy to remember for environmental surfaces. Sterilization and disinfection also extends to other areas, such as the laboratory, the dental unit water lines, evacuation systems and amalgam separator issues. Use and careful removal of wraps or covers used in the operatory is also highlighted.


Description of Speaker:
Dr. Margaret Scarlett is the originator of the first infection control guidelines for dentistry from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has served 17 years at the CDC. She is the current contractor to CDC on infectious and chronic disease management.

Dr. Scarlett is a national and international expert on infection control, consultant to World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization and international ministries of health, as well as global dental schools. Prior to retirement from CDC, Dr. Scarlett was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services from 1998-2000. She has 23 years of experience with oral health policy and practice. She was a contributor to Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, 2000.

She is the author of 24 published articles on oral health. She is the recipient of 7 Governmental Awards for exemplary service in oral health and women’s health. She is a professional lecturer in dentistry, including infection control, infectious and chronic disease and bioterrorism and pandemic flu.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:

  • Discuss the basic principles of sterilization and disinfection, including the importance of cleaning each item before a process is used.
  • Highlight methods of sterilization in detail.
  • Detail the types of chemical sterilants/disinfectants and appropriate selection for patient care items.
  • Highlight key principles for special considerations for disinfection and sterilization issues, such as laboratory items, dental unit water lines, amalgam separators, and evacuation systems.
  • Review some of the regulatory compliance issues regarding disinfectants.

Disclosure:
Dr. Scarlett declares having received an honorarium from Young Innovations for preparing this course.

CE Reviews

Overall

5.0  (4 Total Reviews)
 4 people would recommend this course to a friend.
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
4.8
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
5.0
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
5.0
Efficient overview
PopsAZ
User: PopsAZ
Date: 6/12/2014
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
5
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
5
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
5
Clear, concise, good general review, especially as I'm starting up my own practice and am now ultimately responsible for everything that goes on in the office.
Excellent
dbfdds
User: dbfdds
Date: 5/29/2013
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
4
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
5
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
5
an excellent review of disinfection and sterilization principles.
Good
larryo
User: larryo
Date: 10/26/2012
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
5
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
5
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
5
very informative
very well put together
rkapshtica
User: rkapshtica
Date: 6/4/2012
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
5
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
5
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
5
excellent course
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