Package Description

We don’t know; what we don’t know! By and large, the practice of dentistry is safe; but being human, there are instances where near misses or adverse events do occur. Hopefully, one can learn from them and move on with little to no lasting harm to patients, staff, or providers. In an ideal world, such challenging events would get reported in an anonymous, non-discoverable manner, so that oral health professionals could learn from the experience of others without having to experience the adverse incident themselves. Dentists hesitate to report such incidents for fear of increasing liability and embarrassment to themselves and their practice. How can you move beyond individual safety practices to a more systemic approach to protecting yourself and those you serve. What can you learn from other healthcare disciplines who have been working on their own cultures of safety for over three decades? What steps can you take to ensure that your team is providing the safest dental visit? What is the role of transparency in a culture of safety? How can engaging the Dental Patient Safety Foundation help? Small steps make a tremendous difference!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain why a culture of safety is essential and not optional in dentistry
  2. Explain why reporting near misses and adverse incidents is important, so that one can learn from the experience of others without having to experience that adverse incident themselves
  3. Describe what the Dental Patient Safety Foundation is and why its role as the only Patient Safety Organization addressing dentistry is important


  • Members & Non-Members: Free

Continuing Education


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CE Credits: 1.0
Educational Method: Self-instructional (self-study)
Location: Online
Publication Date: March 2024 
Expiration Date: March 31, 2027


Steve Geiermann, DDS, FICD, FACD

Dr. Steve Geiermann, DDS, FICD, FACD, a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, recently retired after 15 years as the Senior Manager addressing access, community oral health infrastructure and capacity within the American Dental Association’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention. He served in the Indian Health Service and Federally Qualified Health Centers as well as being a HRSA regional dental consultant and project officer within the National Health Service Corps and the HIV/AIDS Bureau. He currently serves on the boards of the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH), the Dental Patient Safety Foundation, and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), as well as the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN). He is the chair of the Best Practices Committee within the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. Steve is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Council for Excellence in Government. Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose

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