Infection Control Considerations for Electric and Air-Driven Handpieces
A discussion of current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for the use and reprocessing of electric and air-driven rotary handpieces.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Briefly describe the basic differences between air-driven and electric handpieces, and ramifications of their use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Discuss infection prevention considerations and guidance for use of dental handpieces in light of SARS-CoV-2.
- Explain reprocessing protocols for air-driven and electric handpieces.
This course was issued in November 2020 and expires November 2023. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.