Package Description

As the ADA and AAMI consider the regulatory landscape after COVID-19, there are changes with infection prevention technology your practice can make now to be prepared including implementing: Class B autoclaves, closed-door drying, in-office biological indicators, and high disinfection washers. Dentistry has had to pivot with infection prevention and control with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The instrument processing cycle and the assurance of sterility is important to ensure patient safety. Infection prevention guidance documents from CDC have been updated several times since the onset of the pandemic, while regulatory guidance from AAMI/ANSI and OSHA has remained fairly consistent without sweeping changes. However, the use of various technology can prepare dental practices for possible regulatory guidance changes, if and when they occur. Using Class B autoclaves, closed-door drying, in-office biological indicators, and high disinfection washers will prepare practices for compliance with the anticipated new guidance. This webinar will discuss OSHA standards, AAMI/ANSI recommendations, and CDC infection control guidelines related to the instrument processing cycle focusing on instrument processing and sterilization technology. A review of microbiology, disease transmission, infection control principles, and the latest sterilization technology is covered. This webinar offers timely education as well as helpful suggestions and resources to empower participants to assess their level of compliance and make any necessary updates to their own office policies, procedures and technology.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • identify the chain of infection and correct common pitfalls with infection control compliance related to sterilization.
  • discuss updated CDC Guidance and regulatory requirements from AAMI/ANSI and OSHA related to the instrument processing cycle and sterilization.
  • discuss various types of Chemical and Biological Indicators and recommended frequency of use including the pros and cons of in-office versus mail-in biological monitoring.
  • describe the latest technology in infection prevention such as Class B autoclaves, closed-door drying, and high disinfection washers.


  • Members & Non-Members: Free 

CE Information:

CE Credits: 1.00

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Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS

Ms. Garland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene at Laramie County Community College. She has been an active OSAP member serving on several committees and authoring a paper for OSAP/NIOSH. She received the OSAP Emerging Leader Award in 2017. She served a five-year term on the American Dental Association Dental Hygiene National Board Test Construction Committee. Her research focuses on infection control and dental hygiene competency and has been published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene, the Journal of Dental Education, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Mentor Magazine, Decisions in Dentistry, and Access Magazine. She has presented her research at regional, national, and international meetings. She serves as a manuscript reviewer and as an infection control “Ask the Expert” Columnist for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. She is a member of the Crosstex Luminary Council. Kandis works as a clinical dental hygienist and provides consulting services in infection control. Ms. Garland is also a consultant and educator for Tuttnauer.

Disclosures: Consultant and Educator - Tuttnauer USA

Educational Funder: 

Tuttnauer USA