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Why Infection Control Matters:
First and foremost, infection control is of utmost importance in dental settings to prevent the spread of diseases. As a dental assistant, you will encounter a diverse range of patients with various oral health conditions. Some of which may carry infectious agents. Consequently, adhering to strict infection control protocols is vital to protect both yourself and the patients from potential cross-contamination.
The following video will give you a good idea of what infection control looks like in a dental office.
The Role of Dental Assistants in Infection Control:
Dental assistants are the frontline defenders of infection control within dental clinics. To begin with, they are responsible for setting up and disinfecting treatment areas before and after patient appointments. Moreover, they ensure that all instruments and equipment are thoroughly sterilized, following standard procedures for infection prevention.
In addition, dental assistants take active measures to maintain the cleanliness of the clinic environment. For instance, they regularly disinfect chairs, countertops, and other surfaces to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Similarly, they enforce hand hygiene protocols and encourage patients to do the same before and after treatments.
Proper Waste Disposal:
Proper disposal of hazardous waste is a vital component of infection control. For this reason, dental assistants are well-versed in handling and disposing of waste materials safely. Furthermore, they segregate different types of waste, ensuring that contaminated materials are disposed of correctly.
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Infection Control Training for Aspiring Dental Assistants:
Undoubtedly, infection control is an integral part of dental assistant training programs. Moreover, dental assisting schools equip students with comprehensive knowledge and hands-on training in infection control practices. Hence, aspiring dental assistants learn how to apply personal protective equipment (PPE) effectively and manage infection control procedures with confidence.
What Do You Need To Take & Pass This Class?
Below, we have listed what you will need to take and pass this class. As well as what you will need to earn your certificate in infection control:
- Pass a written exam with 75% before you can enter the clinic and use safety equipment.
- Demonstrate competency by showing preclinical and clinical skills of ow to maintain safety with instruments, sterilization equipment, biological equipment, and safety protocols.
- Pass a hands-on clinical demonstration with a 75% or higher.
- 8 clock hours.
Additionally, this course is an individual course that stands alone. There is no prerequisite required to take this course. Also, this certification does not lead to the next certification.
As a dental assistant, infection control is a fundamental skill that defines the quality of patient care you provide. Lastly, we invite you check out what our previous students had to say about their experience. Book a private tour of our school. Our program is only 12 weeks long and we offer financing.
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