This special Compendium eBook provides a continuing education (CE) article designed to help dental professionals understand the danger of waterborne pathogens and the importance of testing, disinfecting, and maintaining dental water lines to avoid contamination from microbe-containing biofilm. In addition to the CE on waterborne pathogens, the eBook includes an article presenting the results of a survey on whether dental practices are establishing and following protocol to protect patients and employees from exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Download to earn 2 FREE CEU now!
CE 1: Biofilm in Dental Water Lines: How to Keep Patients Safe and Prevent Equipment Failures Sheri B. Doniger, DDS
As the author of the CE article explains, dental professionals should implement water testing and water-line treatments as part of routine infection control protocols. Biofilm and particulate contaminants may affect not only patients but the performance of dental equipment and handpieces. Water-line testing and routine maintenance with low-level antimicrobial treatments are an inexpensive precaution for practices to ensure the water used is safe. Credits: 2 Self-Study CEU Cost: $0 Provider: AEGIS Publications, LLC
Clinical Survey: Use of Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plans in Private Dental Practices: Results and Clinical Implications of a National Survey Angela K. Laramie, MPH; Helene S. Bednarsh, BS, RDH, MPH; Beverly Isman, RDH, MPH, ELS; James M. Bolano, MS, CIH; and Susan H. McCrone, PhD, PMHCNS-BC This article reveals the results of a survey conducted to determine whether dental practices have exposure control plans (ECPs), whether the ECPs have the necessary components, and whether there are any barriers preventing the use of ECPs.