Dental Handpiece Care and Processing
Following recommended methods for cleaning, maintaining and sterilizing handpieces can provide a safe care environment for patients and staff.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss disease transmission in dental settings.
- Describe when federal infection prevention guidelines were introduced, the nature of the recommendations, and the basic principles of infection control.
- List U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dental handpiece sterilization guidelines.
- Explain the need to consider recommendations from CDC, as well as device manufacturers, when cleaning, maintaining and sterilizing handpieces.
This course was issued in February 2017 issue and expires 2/28/20. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.