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Essential Elements for an Infection Control Curriculum



Wrapping up Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (#DICAM18), a national Infection Control Consortium (“Consortium”) reiterates its support of patient and provider safety. The Consortium, comprised of several national dental associations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), met with the charge "to provide a framework for infection control education of oral healthcare professionals responsible for performing and/or overseeing infection control procedures in oral healthcare settings.”

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Consortium Participants                  

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Key Outcomes of the Infection Control Consortium               

Outcomes of the Consortium's meetings included agreement:

  1. On the importance of patient and provider safety.
  2.  That all dental health care personnel should obtain education in infection control that is based on  federal standards, regulations, and evidence-based guidelines.
  3.  On defined educational components related to infection control in oral healthcare settings, including:

a.    Overarching core competencies

b.    Broad learning objectives

c.    Suggested list of essential elements of an infection control curriculum.


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The Infection Control Consortium considers this work to be a significant step forward in promoting a unified message from the profession that the protection of the public and the dental team is paramount and that a basic evidence-based curriculum is necessary for the safe delivery of oral healthcare. 

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All organizations and individuals who support or are involved in implementing infection control protocols in oral healthcare settings are encouraged to:

  •  Work to ensure compliance with the related standards and guidelines cited in these Proceedings
  •  Refer to the Consortium’s overarching core competencies, learning objectives and curriculum elements when considering educational programs for any infection control training for dental healthcare personnel, including training upon hire and annual training mandated by OSHA for all dental practices 

Additional resources that may be available through the individual participating organizations can be obtained by contacting the executive director of any participating organization or visiting these organizations’ websites (above). Contact the CDC at for a number of seminal and sentinel documents in the area of dental infection prevention and control. 


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