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The Epidemiology of Infection Control in Dentistry - SPICE

Course Closed Course Has Already Been Held
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Credit: 6 hours
Location: UNC Friday Center
Cost: $290.00 Dentist
$190.00 Team Member
Sponsor: Diagnostic Sciences & General Dentistry


In light of the recent global public health crises, like Ebola, happening in other parts of the world, we're reminded that it's vitally important for all dental professionals to be up-to-date on the epidemiology of infection control. Bring the entire office staff along with you and join us on September 19 for an important and timely educational activity.

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.

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1. Discuss epidemiologic principles of infectious disease
2. Discuss principles and practice of asepsis
3. Discuss sterilization, disinfection and sanitation
4. Review universal blood and body fluid precautions
5. Discuss engineering controls to reduce the risk of sharp injuries
6. Demonstrate disposal of sharps
7. Discuss techniques that reduce the risk of sharp injuries to health care workers
8. Review additional state laws regarding HIV and Hepatitis B

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Review of NC Laws Concerning Infection Control in Dental Practices
9:30 a.m. Epidemiology and Risk of Infection in the Dental Office
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Principles/Practices of Asepsis and Hand Hygiene
11:45 a.m. Environmental Issues in Dental Practice
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Disinfection and Sterilization in Dental Practice
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Engineering Controls, Work Practices and Personal Protective Equipment
3:45 p.m. Outbreaks and Safe Injection Practices
4:15 p.m. Question & Answers; Evaluations
4:30 p.m. End of Program

About the Speakers

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. 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

Time & Location
The program will be held at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Registration will begin at 8:30am. The program will be held from 9:00am  4:30pm. The Friday Center is located on Friday Center Drive just off Highway 54 on the east side of Chapel Hill.

Registration Fee and Credit
The registration fee is $290 for dentists and $190 for team members. UNC Continuing Dental Education designates this activity for 6 hours of continuing education credit. The registration deadline is September 12, 2014. A continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided with your paid registration.

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 September 12, 2014. 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 September 12, 2014.

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.

As a continuing education provider, UNC School of Dentistry is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

ADA CERP Recognition
This continuing education program is presented by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistrys Department of Prosthodontics, and the Continuing Dental Education program. The UNC Continuing Dental Education program is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

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.