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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.


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    Staff involvement

    The best training, Eklund observes, generally occurs when staff is actively involved.

    “You want to engage the staff,” Eklund says. “Not only just sitting and listening, but being able to interact, to be able to not only ask questions, but also to make suggestions or say, ‘I know you say do this, but let’s talk about the challenges,’ and you can use part of that training to actually engage staff in problem solving. I’ve written policies and procedures for many, many years. I have learned through experience that even when the written policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are consistent with the CDC recommendations, consistent with specific OSHA regulations, and other state and local requirements, they may not be written effectively to be implementable. Clear, concise policies and standard operating procedures require communication and interactive review.

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    “It is also extremely important that staff believe the implementation of the policies and SOPs are important for their safety and for patients’ safety,” Eklund continues. “It is far less effective to say to your staff, ‘You must do training. Now, here: Sign this paper saying that you have attended the training.’ That’s not really training and education, that’s just attendance. Education should be much more engaging.”

    Encouraging staff to make the most of training is also key.

    “People may take infection control training because it is a mandatory requirement or because they truly want to learn more,” Daw says. “Because there are only so many hours in the day and it all seems to be accounted for, make the most of infection control training by participating in training regularly and select a method that engages the participant. This helps them to retain and then apply the information, which ultimately is the goal.”


    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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