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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


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Overview / Abstract:

New diseases, as well as the return of some once thought eradicated diseases, are a major concern in the modern dental practice. It seems as if every few months a new disease is developing. The signs and symptoms of many emerging diseases such as Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (Mad Cow Disease), The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), Avian flu and the West Nile Virus will be described and effective preventive measures will be discussed.

The course will also cover topics such as general disease transmission, universal and standard precautions, disinfection and sterilization as well as proper waste management. The course reviews Cal-OSHA’s top 20 dental office violations, discuss the CDC guidelines as well as the current mandated minimum standards for infection control in the dental setting from the Dental Board of California regulations. Participants will be provided with an easy-to-apply checklist for reviewing their office’s compliance with infection control and safety policies and guidelines. The section on the California Dental Practice Act will present the recent changes in the laws that impact the practice of dentistry. It will cover the topics necessary for renewal of your license, including your duties as a mandated reporter of child, elder and domestic partner abuse; violations of the Dental Practice Act; and powers of enforcement held by the Dental Board.

Upon completion of this course participants should:
• Know the principles of disease transmission and Universal/Standard precautions
• Understand Cal-OSHA compliance issues, sterilization and disinfection
• Become familiar with the updated CDC infection control guidelines
• Understand the infection control practices mandated by the Dental Board of California
• Know the recent changes in the Dental Practice Act and the basic rules for avoiding problems that could place your dental license in jeopardy
• Know how to use dental auxiliaries effectively within current California law
• Provide a safer environment for patients and the dental team


Oct 21, 2017


Dental CDE


Live / Seminar, Seminar



Credits / Hours

6 Continuing Education Credits



Is This Activity Certified for "Live" Credit?


Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Dr. Joyce Galligan, Ms. Patricia Galligan

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Law / Legal, Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, Dentistry General, Dental Hygiene

Keywords / Search Terms

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LIVE Activity Location Details


Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
925 W. 34th St.
Los Angeles, CA   90089
United States of America

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