STATE AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATION
Taking third molar exposures can be tough. Remember to place the film or sensor as far back as the patient will allow and then place the PID to the distal...a Distal Oblique exposure. Remember to increase the exposure time, as the bone will block the rays.
By Bonnie Marshall, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, MADAA
"Never doubt yourself as a dental assistant, always believe in your skills and how you can assist the dentist. Being confident and positive, will help guide you into success."
From Kandra Luna
Being a dental assistant for many years, I remember way back when..... we would attend monthly meetings for the education program and then the chit-chatting would begin. We all learned more from the networking! Meeting, discussing, learning and making wonderful friendships!
That is the start of the story here are a couple of hints for Now...
Mary Harrison CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA
1. What bacterial spore-former is used to biologically monitor steam sterilization?
a. Bacillus subtilis
b. Bacillus atrophaeus
c. Clostridium perfringens
d. Geobacillus stearothermophilus
2. What bacterial spore-former is used to biologically monitor dry heat sterilization?
d. Geobacillus Stearothermophilus
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Basic Abilities of a Dental Safety Coordinator
By Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA
Every dental facility needs a dental safety coordinator. At a minimum this person should have a basic understanding of: microbiology; modes of cross-contamination in dentistry; infection prevention and general safety procedures; related governmental regulations and recommendations; and products and equipment available to maintain patient and provider safety.
See the breach of infection prevention and protocol from the picture. This image depicts action after patient treatment.
Thanks to Joyce Vaughan, Linda Kihs and model Trina Fowler
Can you spot all 9? See the answers below!
ARE YOU IN COMPLIANCE?
OSHA's Hazard Communication Guidelines for compliance states: "Hazard communication will be a continuing program in your facility. Compliance with HCS is not a “one shot deal.” In order to have a successful program, you must assign responsibility for both the initial and ongoing activities that have to be undertaken to comply with the rule."
Every dental facility needs a Dental Infection Control Coordinator. At a minimum, this person should:
In addition to these specific items, compliance officers also will be asking the following questions in assessing the adequacy of the program:
Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA
It’s that time of year…FLU SEASON!!!
Here are some simple steps to help you try and stay away from that awful bug!
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or antibacterial hand rub
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
5. Cover your nose and mouth with a TISSUE WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE! Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue, couch into your elbow or shoulder.
6. If you are sick with flu-like illness, STAY home for at LEAST 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone WITHOUT the use of a fever reducer.
If you are healthy and have been exposed because someone didn’t follow #6, there are some antiviral medications your doctor can prescribe that may prevent you from falling ill as well.
There are two different type of flu vaccinations available:
1. Nasal spray (live attenuated virus)
2. Trivalent or quadrivalent Injection (inactivated form of the virus)
Buddy it up with a Pneumonia vaccine and you are even less likely to feel the effects and complications of the flu season.
Join me in the pledge to get your flu vaccine!
National Flu Vaccine week is December 6-12, 2015! Let’s stay healthy and keep the workforce strong!
Kym Goodell, CDA, EFDA, EFODA
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