BREAKOUTS | UNIFORM | THURSDAY BREAKOUT | AIR FORCE REVIEW OF 2015 COURSE
Federal Service Breakouts
Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Public Health Service and Veterans Administration Personnel will have the opportunity to attend special breakout sessions addressing specifics relative to their branch of service. Additional continuing education credits will be available for those branches that schedule sessions on Thursday, January 14. Details will be available in November.
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Air Force: the uniform of the day is Service Dress for Monday and the jacket is option for Tuesday 12 Jan - Thursday 14 Jan 2016. However, it is difficult to control the temperature in a large conference room, so a sweater is recommended if you don't want to wear your uniform jacket. Civilian clothing is authorized for Thursday if you are traveling immediately after the Breakout session.
- Army personnel: Class B Uniform for all three days; civilian attire for travel days.
- Army Civilian personnel: Business casual.
Coast Guard: Tropical Blue Long Uniform for all three days; Business Casual for travel on the last day
Navy: Working Uniform (Khaki) for all three days; Business Casual for travel on the last day
Public Health Service: Either Khaki Uniform or Service Dress Blue for all three days, Business Casual for travel on the last day
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Service Breakouts for Thursday, January 14
Air Force: 7:30 am in Mercer Room
Army: 7:30 am in Porter Room
Navy: 8:00 am in Concourse North
Veterans Administration: 7 am in Concourse South
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Air Force Review of 2015 Course
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) CORE Infection Control Boot Camp 2015 was a big success with strong attendance from industry, civilian practitioners, educational institutions, the VA, Air Force, Army, Navy, other Federal Services, and Canadian dentists. Thank you for the outstanding support for the only national course dedicated to dental infection control and prevention. Air Force leaders and other Dental Infection Control leaders and educators from around the world were able to meet and talk with many of our AF Infection Prevention and Control OICs/ NCOICs. The course offered an excellent program from basic science and history of infection control from our own Col (Ret) Shannon Mills to an in-depth look at instrument reprocessing from start to finish. Many learning opportunities, to include lectures, hands-on demonstrations and vendor interactions were met with rave reviews. There was also an opportunity to attend a very informative "Movie Night" with Dr. Harold Jaffe, one of the original AIDS investigators as portrayed by Charles Martin Smith in "And the Band Played On”. Great ideas were shared from all of our AF bases that were in attendance regarding patient safety and infection prevention and control practices. Furthermore, AF members were able to ask many questions and network with one another. Upon return from the course, I received numerous questions regarding which devices require heat sterilization (e.g. Cavitron handpieces, Isolite products and others). I want to commend you all on reviewing and following manufacturers’ instructions for use (IFU). I cannot stress enough how important it is to review IFU for all of your products. Remember, items that are heat-tolerant must be heat sterilized. Disinfectants that are used in our DTFs are intermediate-level and are not to be used to reprocess (clean and sterilize after patient use) items. I would like to encourage you all to continue following written IFU regarding cleaning and sterilization of items rather than relying on information that may have been passed down to you. Please review USAF Guidelines for Infection Prevention & Control in Dentistry (Chapter 6, paragraph 6.A.3.a-d).
Start thinking about the next OSAP Infection Control course (Jan 2016) and consider who from your clinic will need to attend. SAF/AA has already granted exemption for the 2016 course for conference attendance/training to be funded at the unit or local level. This exemption has been added to the SG Conference Approval Spreadsheet at: https://kx2.afms.mil/kj/kx1/afmoaedandtraining/Pages/home.aspx (click on SG Conference Approval Status button on the left side of the page). So begin planning for this TDY in Sep and Oct of this year.
Thanks for all you do and continue the great work. If you have any question please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 210-539-8239, DSN 389.