2018 OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™

Record breaking attendance reveals excitement for dental safety.

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) – a  community of clinicians, educators, policy makers, consultants and industry representatives who advocate for the Safest Dental Visit™ – saw record breaking attendance for the 2018 Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™, held January 8-11, 2018, in Baltimore, MD.

The OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™ is a foundation-building educational course covering all the basics in dental infection prevention and control, as well as patient and provider safety. This year, over 480 dental infection control personnel from a variety of dental settings attended the course and were provided with resources, checklists and tools addressing foundational elements of dental infection control and safety.  Participants also had the opportunity to earn up to 24 hours of CE credit.

The multi-day course structure included educational sessions centered around the principles and theories of infection control on topics such as OSHA, exposure risk determination and bloodborne pathogens, microbiology and regulatory guidance. The program also highlighted the nuts and bolts of day-to-day management, with topics such as sterilization and disinfection of patient care items and dental unit waterlines.

The program’s interactive Boots on the Ground sessions helped to underscore application strategies through demonstration and hands-on exercises. Attendees also benefited from a vendor fair featuring over 25 dental infection and prevention companies and organizations, highlighting the latest dental safety and infection prevention technology, products and services. A distinct feature of the course was the esteemed faculty of infection prevention experts providing detailed lectures, followed by enriching Q & As to address questions and reflect on the dental infection control and prevention topics reviewed.

“Providing a crucial resource and outlet for professionals with infection control responsibilities to learn and engage is of utmost importance to OSAP and the Safest Dental Visit™,” says Christina Thomas, executive director of OSAP. “The success and growing interest in the 2018 program would not have been possible without the support of OSAP’s partners, dental infection control advocates, the innovation of our exhibitors and the guidance and expertise of our world class instructors. We will continue to provide an interactive and vibrant learning environment for course attendees and look forward to future courses.”

For attendees looking to take learning to the next level and enhance their knowledge of late-breaking infection prevention and control topics, policy developments and networking, OSAP offers an Annual Infection Control and Prevention Conference, May 31-June 3, 2018 in Dallas, TX. The conference is richly constructed, combining world class education with valuable networking activities.

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) focuses on strategies to improve compliance with safe practices and on building a strong network of recognized infection control experts. OSAP offers an extensive online collection of resources, publications, FAQs, checklists and toolkits that help dental professionals deliver the safest dental visit possible for their patients. Plus, online and live courses help advance the level of knowledge and skill for every member of the dental team. For additional information, visit OSAP.org.