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    5 ways to conduct infection control training for your office

    Infection control training doesn’t have to be boring or redundant. Instead, look for new ways to engage your staff.

    Infection control training can — and very regularly should — be an important part of your staff’s continuing education. Training encompasses not only new topics in the world of infection control, but also helps to correct deficiencies that may be present.

    Infection control training“The CDC’s 2016 release of the ‘Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care’ stresses the importance of training. In fact, the term ‘training’ appears 37 times,” says Karen Daw, an infection control consultant and former clinic health and safety director for The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. “The summary specifically states, ‘Education on the basic principles and practices for preventing the spread of infections should be provided to all DHCP. Training should include both DHCP safety (e.g., OSHA bloodborne pathogens training) and patient safety (e.g., emphasizing job- or task-specific needs).’”

    Read more: 5 reasons you need an infection prevention coordinator

    But there is no one-size-fits-all approach for training. Each practice has unique needs and there are unique ways to meet those needs.

    Click through the slides to learn five ways to conduct infection control training.

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...

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