Ms. Nancy Dewhirst OSHA/Clinical Safety/ ergonomics Laguna Beach, CA


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  • Adjunct Professor and Course Director, West Coast University Department of Dental Hygiene

Thursday Courses
Th106 - Instrument Sharpening: Never A Dull Moment
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Participation    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $195.00  Other Fee: $195.00

This workshop demonstrates how to preserve the original instrument design and shape while creating sharp edges, using a variety of hand and mechanical techniques and devices, loupes and lights. A slide presentation and interactive dialogue lay the groundwork for clinical instruction and participant practice, using hand sharpening techniques and several mechanical sharpeners with magnification. Understanding of the key geometrical relationships between instrument surfaces and edges will help attendees be successful.

Learning Objectives:

• Learn optimal periodontal instrument designs.

• Understand how to preserve optimal instrument design while sharpening.

• Discuss objectives and goals of sharpening.

• Compare various hand sharpening techniques.

• Compare various mechanical sharpening technology and techniques.

 

Note: Attendees must provide their own loupes for the course.

Friday Courses
Fr245 - Ergonomics: It’s a Balancing Act
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Room: Omni,
Type: Interactive    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $125.00  Other Fee: $125.00

Enjoy a long dental career and improve clinical precision while avoiding injury and pain! Pathogenesis, causes and prevention of various cumulative trauma disorders are discussed while focusing on upper extremity, spinal and joint pathologies. Evaluate preventive strategies, including equipment design, body positioning and conditioning and enhanced visualization. Practice stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce pain, preserve range of motion and optimize personal career excellence and longevity as well as reduce the risk of work-related injuries. • Review physiology and evaluate various physical signs and symptoms of cumulative trauma disorders • Compare ergonomic features of dental equipment and technology that benefit workers and patients.

Fr256 - Annual OSHA Training and Infection Control: Are We Safe “Enough?"
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Room: Omni,
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

This course reviews the science of disease transmission and updates and makes sense of the many dental safety recommendations considering COVID-19 and beyond. Standard and transmission-based precautions will be explained in the context of CDC and ADA Guidelines and OSHA and dental board regulation. This course meets infection control and OSHA CE requirements. “Cool” safety tips are categorized by effectiveness and include new technology, how to optimize indoor air safety, PPE and other prevention controls. 

Learning Objectives:

• Recognize and manage bloodborne, contact, droplet and airborne diseases.

• Identify best practices for providing dental care while considering COVID-19.

• Make sense of evolving recommendations as applied to changing infection risk.

Saturday Courses
Sa272 - Annual OSHA Training and Infection Control: Are We Safe “Enough?"
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

This course reviews the science of disease transmission and updates and makes sense of the many dental safety recommendations considering COVID-19 and beyond. Standard and transmission-based precautions will be explained in the context of CDC and ADA Guidelines and OSHA and dental board regulation. This course meets infection control and OSHA CE requirements. “Cool” safety tips are categorized by effectiveness and include new technology, how to optimize indoor air safety, PPE and other prevention controls. 

Learning Objectives:

• Recognize and manage bloodborne, contact, droplet and airborne diseases.

• Identify best practices for providing dental care while considering COVID-19.

• Make sense of evolving recommendations as applied to changing infection risk.