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OSAP 2014 Symposium - Supporting Infection Control Compliance Through Research and Change

OSAP 2014 Symposium: Moving forward to a safer tomorrow in dentistry 

TITLE Supporting Infection Control Compliance Through Research and Change

DESCRIPTIONThis session includes three presentations, each reporting on research in different areas of the dental community. Recent research from dental schools, the dental hygiene community and private dental offices has been conducted. This assessed the level of knowledge, monitoring and compliance with infection control procedures in dental settings as well as barriers to, and factors associated with, compliance.

In addition, research results on the frequency of bloodborne pathogen exposure and factors associated with an increased exposure risk will be discussed. The results will be presented as well as outcomes on potential strategies and tactics that may be used to increase compliance with infection control protocols.


SPEAKER(S)Kandis Garland RDH, MS

Susan McCrone PhD, Rn

Nuala Porteous BDS, MPH



After attending this program, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the methods used and the extent of infection control teaching
  • Explain the influence of an infection control committee and coordinator on monitoring infection control compliance
  • Identify the trends and factors associated with reporting bloodborne pathogen exposure incidents
  • Reference: A Survey of Infection Control Teaching in U.S Dental Schools/Journal of Dental Education February 1, 2014; 78(2):187-194


  • Review findings from a national survey of dental hygienists
  • Describe the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of U.S dental hygienists regarding CDC infection control guidelines
  • List and describe the factors and barriers to following infection control guidelines
  • Reference: A Survery of United States Dental Hygienists' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices with Infection Control Guidelines, Garland, Journal of Dental Hygiene, Vol. 87, No. 3, June 2013


  • Discuss methods used to develop the survey
  • Identify strategies to increase survey response
  • Describe demographic, occupation, and employer characteristics of the survey respondents


Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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