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Continuing Dental Education

Course Information

The Epidemiology of Infection Control in Dentistry: Principles and Particulars of Protection (SPICE)

Course Closed Course Has Already Been Held
Date: Friday, September 6, 2013
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Credit: 6 hours
Location: The Friday Center
Cost: $290.00 Dentist
$190.00 Team Member
Sponsor: Diagnostic Sciences & General Dentistry


Course Description
The NC Administrative Code specifies that each health care organization in the State, including dentistry, shall designate a staff member to direct infection control activities. The designated staff member in each dental office shall complete a course in infection control addressing 7 specific areas. This course satisfies the required Infection Control training as mandated by the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE).

Who should attend?
New staff members, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists and the untrained designated staff member who has been identified as the person who will oversee the infection control activities in your office. Any time the person placed in charge of Infection Control for your office changes, the new person should attend the NC required infection control course for dental care offices training program.

Topics to be included
1. Epidemiologic principles of infectious disease
2. Principles and practice of asepsis
3. Sterilization, disinfection and sanitation
4. Universal blood and body fluid precautions
5. Engineering controls to reduce the risk of sharp injuries
6. Disposal of sharps
7. Techniques that reduce the risk of sharp injuries to health care workers
8. Additional state laws regarding HIV and Hepatitis B

Course Faculty

Dr. Ralph Leonard is the practice director of the Dental Faculty Practice and holds the Jim and Isabel Harrell Distinguished Professorship in Family Dentistry. He is a member of the Department of Operative Dentistry and is primarily responsible for clinical teaching comprehensive care program and patient care in the Dental Faculty Practice. Dr. Leonard graduated from the UNC School of Dentistry in 1985 and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Society. He was in private practice before joining the UNC dental faculty full-time in 1989. He is a member of the UNC School of Dentistry's Infection Control Committee. Dr. Leonard's research interests include patient care delivery systems and nightguard vital bleaching.

- D.D.S., Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of North Carolina, 1985
- M.A., Public Health, University of North Carolina, 1978
- B.S., Biology, Appalachian State University, 1975

Dr. Valerie Murrah currently serves as a professor and chair of the School of Dentistry Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry. She also holds a joint appointment with the UNC School of Medicine in the pathology and otolarynology.

Dr. Murrah obtained her D.M.D. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville before pursuing her advanced training in oral and maxillofacial pathology at the University of Minnesota and her anatomic pathology training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry from 1983-87 where she was Director of the Oral Diagnosis and Emergency Clinics and the school's first Infection Control Committee Chair. In 1988, Dr. Murrah joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 1994, she moved to Atlanta and joined the Pathology Department at Emory University School of Medicine where she served as research director for the Division of Oral, Head and Neck Pathology.

Dr. Murrah has received teaching awards from multiple universities. Her research focuses on tobacco and viral co-factors in oral carcinogenesis and aspects of gene therapy for oral cancer.

- M.S., Oral Pathology, University of Minnesota, 1983
- D.M.D., Dentistry, Southern Illinois University, 1980
- MA. Ed., Education, Washington University, 1977
- B.A., Biology, Washington University, 1972

Refund Policy
Since considerable advance planning is necessary for this continuing education program, a registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by August 30, 2013. The cancellation fee is necessary to cover materials and facilities costs incurred for each participant, which are non-refundable to us. No refunds will be issued after August 30, 2013.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies.

Disclosure Statement
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity.