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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.


    Live setting

    A live setting

    Conventionally, training is conducted by the office’s infection prevention coordinator or a consultant in a live setting. Meaning, the practice’s staff is gathered and the topics are covered face-to-face. Live training could be presented to a large group, too.

    “Whether it’s the local dental society, sponsored event or a major dental convention in a popular destination, live training allows the attendee to get out of the office for a day or so,” Daw says. “Many times, group training outside the office is a great opportunity for team bonding as well. Plus, there are those who prefer the face time. Like with online live training, an attendee can ask questions either during or after the presentation and participate in activities that solidify the content of the training.

    Related reading: 6 scary consequences of not following good infection control practices

    “Speakers can also adjust their presentation style based on continuous audience non-verbal feedback. A skilled speaker can look at a large group and tell if the training elements are well absorbed, or if they need to shift gears and revisit or drill down on a concept.”

    In other cases, training can be conducted on site.

    “This is great for practices that prefer a live presenter, but either can’t take their entire team out for training, need training but can’t make it to an event on a certain date or time, or who prefer the personalized attention that a live trainer can provide,” Daw says. “This is a highly customizable option because the trainer assesses the practice and builds a training session around their needs. A smaller group size also provides opportunities so that the information sticks. People are showing positive responses to experiential learning. Many people find the hands-on, personalized attention invaluable.”


    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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