(Chicago: December 2012): Your patient is sneezing and coughing; a team member is “dead tired” and looks flushed. Just how does a dental office deal with a world wide pandemic when it pops up on the personal level so close to home or in this case, at work.
The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) to the Rescue!
Dental healthcare workers may be exposed be exposed to 2009 H1N1 and seasonal influenza, so all dental team members need to take the right precautions to avoid illness to themselves and their patients. The Flu and You is an educational home study course available from the ADAA and authored by a well-known expert on Infection Control – Nancy Andrews RDH. This course will help in the understanding of influenza epidemics and pandemics; how flu is transmitted; how to avoid exposure and transmission, how to screen patients and be aware of vaccinations and antiviral medicines plus other useful, interesting information
The course material provides a glossary and a discussion of antiviral medications is also included.
According to Craig Dixon, Director of Sales for PennWell publications and ADAA Foundation Chairman, Education on topics of vital importance is provided to dental offices by the American Dental Assistants Association Foundation as one very solid way toserve American Dental patients and the dental team that serves them.
The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) is the recipient of the Foundation’s work. It disseminates the courses to its members as they are produced by the Foundation. Courses are free to ADAA members and may be purchased by others. The more than 70 courses cover virtually all subjects of interest to the practicing dental assistant in both the clinical and administrative areas. A complete library of the courses maybe viewed at www.dentalassistant.org
Founded in 1924, The American Dental Assistants Association is America’s oldest, largest association for dental assistants and serves the needs of the nation’s more than 300,000 dental assistants. The Foundation, now in its 20th year exists to provide education and enlightenment to dental assisting and to optimize dental care for the American public.