National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Module 2: Infection Control
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Module 2 Post-Test Self-Assessment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s standard precautions are based on the principle that:
All instruments should be sterilized.
All blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions (except sweat), non-intact skin, and mucous membranes may contain transmissible infectious agents.
It is critical that program staff receive education and training for recommended infection-control procedures.
All school-based dental sealant program staff should stay current on immunizations.
School-based dental sealant program staff should take action to stay healthy by:
Washing hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer after every patient.
Staying current on recommended immunizations.
Receiving infection-control training every 2 years.
Drinking water in the work area.
Personal protective equipment:
Is not necessary for screenings and visual examinations during which the oral health professional is unlikely to touch mucous membranes.
Is necessary when contact with a patient’s mucous membranes is likely.
Is necessary during preparation of instruments for sterilization.
All of the above.
Treatment area surfaces that have clinical contact:
Must be cleaned before they are disinfected.
Cannot be protected with barriers.
Can be disinfected with any disinfectant.
Must be disinfected only at the beginning and the end of each day.
Sharps must be:
Discarded in a closeable, leak-proof container that is impervious to sharps.
Discarded in a red container kept in the sterilization area.
Cleaned immediately after use.
Transported to an off-site location for sterilization.