Risk Management Consult: Infection Control and Prevention in Dentistry Course is organized by Medical Risk Management, Inc. This Conference has been approved for a maximum of 5 CE credits.
Course Release Date: 3/1/2012
Course Expiration Date: 2/28/2020
This course is designed for general dentists as well as dental specialists who want to sharpen their risk management skills in the area of infection prevention and control, and already understand the basic concepts of risk management.
Dental infections, including primary infections and those secondary to dental treatment, are a largely avoidable cost to the entire healthcare system. A 2011 study found that, in 2006 alone, there were over 85,000 visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs) where the primary diagnosis was periodontal infection, at a total cost of $33.3 million.
Upon completion of this course, a dentist should be able to:
• Identify errors that commonly give rise to infection-related adverse outcomes.
• Explain the importance of discussing infection risks when obtaining informed consent.
• Describe the procedures for determining whether or not a patient should be provided with antibiotic prophylaxis.
• Discuss the importance of appointing an infection control specialist who is familiar with and ensures practice compliance with the CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Facilities.
• Explain how proper communication and documentation practices can reduce the risks of dental infection and the resulting adverse outcomes.
Additional details will be posted as soon as information is available.
Risk Management and Medical Negligence, Infectious Disease