This comprehensive review for dental assistants serves to familiarize participants with the requirements for the Dental Assisting National Board's Infection Control Examination (ICE).*
An interactive presentation will provide insight into recommendations for healthcare workers to implement and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for patients and providers in the dental setting. Topics presented will address critical information and current practices for all dental assistants (or auxiliary personnel) required by the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health for infection control. The course includes test taking tips and practice.
*PLS does not claim that taking this review class will guarantee the candidate will successfully pass the exam. Extensive additional study may be required and is strongly recommended.
Upon completion of this program participants will:
* Identify regulations required by OSHA.
* Implement the current CDC and ADA infection control guidelines into a dental setting.
* Describe the modes of disease transmission, infectious disease and their relationship to patients and providers.
* Identify risk factors involved when working with bloodborne pathogens.
* Recognize potential risk factors and discuss prevention of HAV, HBV, HCV, HIV, and TB.
* List the components and proper selection of Personal Protective Equipment necessary for Standard Precautions.
* Identify steps necessary to achieve proficient hand hygiene.
* Choose an effective way to implement work practice and engineering controls.
* List the proper steps for reporting and recording exposure to bloodborne pathogens and needle stick injuries by following a post exposure control plan protocol.
* Identify proper and effective use of surface disinfectants and barriers.
* Implement steps recommended for effective pre-cleaning and sterilization of instruments.
* Identify the benefits of biological spore testing.
* Identify Hazards Communication Standards
DANB: In May 2016, Connecticut’s governor signed a bill (HB05337) establishing a requirement that, beginning July 1, 2018, all dental assistants and Expanded Function Dental Assistants must provide records demonstrating successful performance on DANB’s Infection Control (ICE) exam. Compliance deadline is April 1, 2019.
Please note that DANB’s Infection Control (ICE) exam became a component of the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification on June 1, 1993. The ICE exam became a component of the Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) certification on June 1, 1994. Dental assistants who earned CDA certification before June 1, 1993 or who earned COA certification before June 1, 1994 and who have not subsequently taken the CDA, COA or ICE exam after these dates will be required to take the ICE exam prior to April 1, 2019.
The Dental Assistant must apply to DANB.org to schedule the ICE exam. The approval expires 60 days from the date of application.To apply for the Dental Assisting National Board to ICE exam, go to https://www.danb.org
Meals and course materials: continental breakfast and included. Reading materials are emailed to course participants (email provided at registration) upon confirmation.
Disclaimer: Per ADACERP guidelines, participants must be aware that there may be potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating techniques and procedures into practice when they have not received supervised clinical experience or demonstrate competency in infection control.