Infection Control Quality Assurance in Dental Practices
About this Seminar
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The goal of the activity is to ensure oral health professionals in the province have the evidence-based knowledge necessary to ensure their dental practices are properly conducting infection control protocols that meet or exceed what is required by provincial dental regulators. The objectives of this knowledge translation activity are to:
- Increase participant understanding of how to properly meet or exceed provincial standards for sterilization and dental chair waterlines using detailed, uncomplicated language suitable for both dentists and dental clinic staff;
- Increase participant understanding of the processes for external biological testing for sterilizers and dental chair waterlines, through demonstration of materials and visual examples;
- Improve participants knowledge of necessary actions in the event of a failed infection control test to protect health and safety of patients; and
- Provide participants with opportunity to discuss and troubleshoot tangible solutions to their particular dental practice questions in regards to infection control quality assurance.
Course is funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF)
Registration is open to the whole dental team!
About Dr. Michelle Siqueira
Dr. Michelle Siqueira DDS DSc is an Assistant Professor in the College of Dentistry and Course Coordinator of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), Dental Anatomy and Morphology, and Critical Thinking in Translational Research. At the College, Dr. Siqueira is also an IPAC Officer and IPAC policy developer and is the scientific director of the College of Dentistry Sterilization and Waterline Monitoring Services (SWMS). She joined the University of Saskatchewan in 2019 where she was originally the Comprehensive Care Coordinator. She obtained her DDS at Santo Amaro University in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2000, had Implantology training at the University of Sao Paulo, and practiced dentistry at a private practice before completing a Doctor of Science Program (DSc) at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2008 where she studied bone mineralization followed by postdoctoral training at Western University, where she was also an Adjunct Professor in Periodontology and was acknowledged for her dedication in teaching future dental professionals. Dr. Michelle Siqueira has published various scientific articles in high-impact journals with over 730 citations throughout her career.
About Ms. Eleanor Ferwerda
Ms. Eleanor Ferwerda, RN has been with the University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry as a registered nurse since 2004. She is the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Departmental Assistant, an Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Officer, IPAC policy developer, IPAC instructor and a Respiratory Fit Tester and Trainer. She obtained her diploma of nursing at the Wascana Institute of Applied Arts and Science in 1987 and completed her Certification in Operating Room Nursing at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1991. Ms. Ferwerda has been an operating room nurse at the Pasqua and General Hospitals in Regina, as well as at Horizon Laser Vision Centres in Regina and Saskatoon. She recently completed her Dentistry Certification in Teaching and Learning from the University of Saskatchewan and has been a member of OSAP (Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention) since 2014.