Infection Control: Have There Been Any Major Changes with the COVID-19 Pandemic?
CE Hours: 2.0
Description: The dental profession was dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the economic toll on the practice of dentistry, the trust of the public in the infection control practices in dental offices gained tremendous importance. Universal precautions that have long been in use in dentistry have been successful in keeping the rate of positivity among dental personnel and their patients very low. This presentation will review key parameters of infection control in the dental office, with emphasis on current guidelines related to the pandemic.
- Discuss the evidence for transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 in the dental office
- Describe the current national guidelines for infection control in the dental office
- Discuss current best practice recommendations for the Endodontics community
Ashraf F. Fouad, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Fouad obtained his DDS, Certificate of Endodontics and MS at the University of Iowa.
He served on the faculty and in various administrative roles at University of Connecticut, the University of Maryland, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Endodontics, Director, Advanced Endodontics Program, and Interim Director, Health Information and Business Systems (HIBS) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Fouad has published over 110 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 25 textbook chapters, and 145 abstracts. He edited and co-authored the textbooks: Endodontic Microbiology (now in its second edition), as well as the fifth and sixth editions of Endodontics: Principles and Practice. He is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Board of Endodontics, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Endodontics, Dental Traumatology and Frontiers of Dental Medicine – Endodontics. He received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Pulp Biology and Regeneration Group of the International Association of Dental Research in 2017, and the AAE President’s Award in 2022.
I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation