OSAP Announces Contagion Contest Winner
Monday, November 14, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, MD—November 9, 2011 — A 40-year veteran in oral healthcare, Judith A. Runser, R.D.H., M.S.Ed., understands the importance of preparedness in preventing disease transmission. Yet, a fateful telephone call announcing she had won the dental Contagion Contest sponsored by Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) even surprised her. "I’ve never won anything in my life,” Runser said. "I’ve been a member of OSAP since the early days, and I am elated to win the Contagion Contest. The work OSAP does in advancing the work of oral infection control and prevention is so important.”"We were excited to draw Judy’s name as the winner of our Contagion Contest,” said Therese Long, executive director of OSAP. "Having been a private practice hygienist, adjunct faculty and now, Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., she appreciates how important it is to follow vigilant controls to prevent the opportunity for infection. We are lucky to have such dedicated members who are committed to infection prevention.”The contest encouraged dental professionals to use the movie Contagion as a "teachable moment” to discuss these important issues with staff, students and peers. Contestants were asked to submit the three actions that they would immediately take if they learned that a pandemic was imminent. The first 100 people who submitted entries received "Wash Your Hands” luggage grips and the OSAP global office drew one entry, Runser’s, to receive a free registration to the 2012 OSAP Annual Symposium "Connecting to Drive Compliance” June 21-24 in Atlanta. Runser has been a member of OSAP since 1996 and appreciates the work that OSAP puts into infection prevention. She especially enjoys the "Infection Control in Practice” publication as the scenarios clarify a lot of finer points of infection control. She has wanted to go to the symposium for more than a decade, and now, she and her husband, a practicing dentist, both plan to attend. For interesting training tools like the Contagion resources that are still available, and the latest infection control information, guidelines and resources visit www.OSAP.org. About OSAPThe Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention is the world’s leading membership association exclusively dedicated to preventing disease transmission and ensuring the safe delivery of oral healthcare for all. As a non-profit organization, OSAP helps dental practitioners close the gap between policy and practice. Its members include dental and other healthcare professionals, consultants, researchers and non-governmental organizations, manufacturing and distribution companies, policy makers and academia. For more information, visit www.OSAP.org.