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Managing Infectious Diseases in the Dental Office

May. 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This is part of an ongoing series of COVID-19-related webinars for AGD members.
Speakers: Gerald J. Botko DMD, MAGD, Douglas L. Risk DDS, ABGD
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Subject: 148 Infection Control 
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Credits: 1.5
Fee: Free
Audience: Dentists, Office Staff


Infection control practices are critical elements of any dental office.  The prevention of the spread of diseases from staff to patients, from patients to staff and from patient to patient or staff member to staff member is why every infection prevention protocol, procedure and intervention is important. These procedures must be carried out in detail without shortcutting the steps that break the chain of infection.

Learning Objectives
Understand the new normal in a post COVID-19 dental practice.
>Meticulous concern over patient safety and infection control 
>Knowledge of how to control infections based on probability of transmission

Learn about environmental cleaning. 
>Non-contact surfaces 
>Contact surfaces

Understand appropriate cleaning, removal of debris and microorganisms and appropriate disinfection strategies, including disinfection agents, contact time and staff protection during use.

Speaker Biographies 
Gerald “Gerry” J. Botko, DMD, MS, MAGD, vice president of AGD, has lectured at AGD scientific sessions, led several webinars, authored articles for AGD Impact and served as national speaker for AGD. He also serves as an article reviewer for The Journal of Dental Education. His leadership roles at AGD include being a member of the Program Approval for Continuing Education Council; president of the Veteran Administration AGD; Region 17 regional director; Region 17 trustee; president of the AGD Foundation Board; member of the Communications Council; and as division coordinator for the Public and Professional Relations Division and Advocacy-Representation Division. A graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), Botko served in the U.S. Air Force after receiving a scholarship for dental school. He then served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed twice, retiring with the rank of colonel. He was a consultant for the Indian Health Service in Crown Point, New Mexico. 

Douglas L. Risk DDS, ABGD
-- Biography to come

Staying Connected During COVID-19 AGD Webinar Series
COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives as general dentists, including our offices, teams, families and communities, creating uncertainty and anxiety about the future. AGD has developed a series of webinars to help answer questions about the impact of the virus on general dentistry.

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