A: Effective communication with patients, the dental team and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk., B: Effective management of self and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients; providing constructive leadership where appropriate., C: Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice.,
Examination of the drivers for change over the last 21 years since the inception of The Dental Channel (1998), highlighting how infection control and prevention was managed in the past compared with now (2019).
Topics covered include:
vCJD and the Medical Devices Directive: both major drivers for change in decontamination equipment manufacture and instrument decontamination in dentistry;
Legionellae and Pseudomonas outbreaks and cases driving change in dental unit waterline (DUWL) and plumbing management;
how effective antiviral treatment for HIV and HCV has completely changed the perception and management of blood borne viruses in dentistry;
the impact of antimicrobial drug resistance in driving changes in prescribing in dentistry and the introduction of antimicrobial stewardship; and
the about-turn in prophylaxis for infective endocarditis!
On completion you should have an understanding of:
why the standard of decontamination and disinfection had to be raised in dentistry;
the role of legionellae and pseudomonas species in changing DUWL management in dentistry;
the impact that the introduction of highly effective anti-retroviral drugs has made to both the epidemiology of blood-borne viral (BBV) diseases and their infection control and prevention of BBV;
the future requirement of antimicrobial stewardship in dentistry; and
current prophylaxis for patients with infective endocarditis.
Specialist in Oral Microbiology Dr Caroline Pankhurst is a dentist and Specialist in Oral Microbiology. She has published extensively in the fields of oral medicine, oral microbiology, and dental unit waterlines including two books on infection control (“Control of Infection Guidelines for General Dental Practice” & “Basic Guide to Prevention and Infection Control in Dentistry”).
She is actively involved in postgraduate dental education and was a finalist in the e- Learning Awards 2012. She served two terms on the SAC in Medical Microbiology, Royal College of Pathologists. Caroline was on the Editorial Boards of “Primary Dental Care” & BMC Oral Health, and was President of BDA Metropolitan Branch in 2006.
She is currently an elected member on the BDA Central Committee for Dental Academic Staff & Council BDA Metropolitan Branch; and a Trustee of the medical charity the Fungal Infection Trust.