Course: Risk Management Consult: Infection Control and Prevention in Dentistry PSIC
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
credit(s) CE: 5
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 4.00
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 60
Course Release Date: 3/1/2012
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Infection control and prevention for dentists.

Risk Management Consult
Infection Control and Prevention in Dentistry PSIC


Dental infections, including primary infections and those secondary to dental treatment, are a largely avoidable cost to the entire healthcare system.  A 2011 study found that, in 2006 alone, there were over 85,000 visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs) where the primary diagnosis was periodontal infection, at a total cost of $33.3 million.

Upon completion of this course, a dentist should be able to:
1. Identify errors that commonly give rise to infection-related adverse outcomes.
2. Explain the importance of discussing infection risks when obtaining informed consent.
3. Describe the procedures for determining whether or not a patient should be provided with antibiotic prophylaxis.
4. Discuss the importance of appointing an infection control specialist who is familiar with and ensures practice compliance with the CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Facilities.
5. Explain how proper communication and documentation practices can reduce the risks of dental infection and the resulting adverse outcomes.

Target Audience
This course is designed for general dentists as well as dental specialists who want to sharpen their risk management skills in the area of infection prevention and control, and already understand the basic concepts of risk management.

This is a self-study course consisting of text and CE test, which enables learners to study at their leisure and internalize the content at their own pace.  Users should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring. 

This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D. Their CVs are available online at

This enduring material is valid for release March 1, 2019 and expires on December 31, 2021.
Estimated time to complete this course: 5 hours.

 Commercial Support

This activity was developed by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without support from any commercial interest.


No one in a position to influence course content has anything to disclose.

Latest release: March 2019