What’s New In Infection Control And Prevention In Dentistry?

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Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Speaker(s): Dr Caroline Pankurst
CPD Time: 1 hour
Duration: 1 hour
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What’s New In Infection Control And Prevention In Dentistry?

This talk will provide delegates with an up-to-date review of the latest information about the impact of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, other respiratory diseases as well as blood borne virus infections on general dental practice. As we learn more about these infections we have to remain flexible and able to respond to the evolving changes to infection control and decontamination national standard operating procedures and practice based protocols. The talk will reflect on the current scientific evidence in relation to ventilation, PPE, environmental cleaning, occupational health measures and discuss how practices can manage the risk to their patients and the team.

Learning objectives

By the end of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand their role in managing the current risk of COVID 19 in a dental practice
  • Explain to their team members what changes are necessary to their infection control and decontamination SOP in the light of the latest evidence
  • Review the changes in the guidance on managing Healthcare workers with BBV and other occupational health measures.
  • Appreciate the improvements that can be made in surgery ventilation and implementing HTM03-01
  • Explain the importance of robust Antimicrobial stewardship and the current best prescribing guidance

This talk satisfies the GDC’s learning outcome:

C – Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice

Dr Caroline Pankhurst BSc PhD BDS MSC MRCPath (Specialist in Oral Microbiology)


Dr Caroline Pankhurst BSc PhD BDS MSC MRCPath (Specialist in Oral Microbiology) Caroline Pankhurst has published extensively on oral microbiology including two books on infection control most recently “Basic Guide to Prevention and Infection Control in Dentistry, 2nd edition”. She was formerly a Senior Lecture in Oral Microbiology at KCL Dental Institute and is now actively involved in postgraduate dental education and was a finalist in the e- Learning Awards 2012. She served on the SAC in Medical Microbiology, Royal College of Pathologists, Editorial Boards of “Primary Dental Care” & BMC Oral Health and a past President of the BDA Metropolitan Branch. She is a Trustee of the Fungal Infection Trust and the Affordable Health Initiative.

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