University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Infection Control in the Era of COVID-19

Friday, July 15, 2022

11:00 AM-1:00 PM Eastern


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Registration open through 7/14/2022 11:59 PM


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Course Description

Course Description:

The cluster of severe pneumonia cases caused by a novel coronavirus first reported in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 has now circled the globe. To date millions of cases have been reported and the number of cases in the USA as well as worldwide are increasing at an alarming rate. The cause of these infections was shortly identified as a novel of coronavirus similar to the SARS coronavirus that emerged in 2003. Although similar to SARS this new virus has been identified as a novel, never reported virus now called SARS-CoV-2. This virus causes a severe acute respiratory syndrome in some patients and this disease has been named COVID-19 (coronavirus disease-2019). Unfortunately, this virus is capable of very efficient person-to-person transmission and was declared a pandemic by March of 2020. The alarming spread of this infection in the USA has had a dramatic adverse impact on dental practice. This program will provide dental providers with the latest information on the epidemiology, testing, treatment and management of COVID-19. The latest COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination strategies will be discussed. Additionally, this program will provide dental providers with the latest information on the management of COVID-19 in the dental office. Paramount to controlling this pandemic are the principles of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette and enhancements in respiratory protection that may need to be implemented. Emphasis will be placed on compliance issues and how a practical, cost effective “safe workplace” can be achieved.

The following topics will be discussed:

  1. The epidemiology and nationwide spread of COVID-19: The latest epidemiology of COVID-19 infections will be presented, Data will be presented regarding the survivability of the virus on surfaces as well as the infectivity of asymptomatic carriers
  2. Are there tests for COVID-19?: The various types of COVID-19 tests will be reviewed as well as the indications for who should be tested,
  3. How can COVID-19 be prevented?: The best strategies for the prevention of COVID-19 will be presented.
  4. How can COVID-19 be treated?: Data regarding treatment regimens and clinical trials will be reviewed.
  5. Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?: Discussion of COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination. in the dental office, Review FDA EUA approved vaccines and their administration.
  6. How can the impact of COVID-19 be minimized in the dental office?: What are the latest COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines?, What are the latest guidelines from the ADA, OSHA and other organizations?, Interim guidelines regarding COVID-19 infection control published by the ADA, CDC and OSHA will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the routes of transmission of infectious diseases and how to break the chain of infection.
  2. Know the updated recommendations for Standard Precautions.
  3. Learn the principles of respiratory etiquette to reduce the impact of respiratory diseases.
  4. Understand the how COVID-19 is transmitted.
  5. Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  6. Understand the latest information on the transmission, testing and management of COVID-19.
  7. Discuss COVID-19 vaccination.

Topics will include:

  1. Principles of infection control
  2. Hard surface disinfection
  3. Instrument preparation and packaging
  4. Disinfection and sterilization
  5. Operatory set up and breakdown
  6. Personal protective equipment
  7. Epidemiology of COVID-19.
  8. Transmission of COVID-19.
  9. Prevention/treatment of COVID-19.
  10. Covid-19 vaccines and vaccination
  11. Principles of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  12. Mitigation strategies
  13. Principles of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette Infection control recommendations for COVID-1


This course is part of the ACDE Webinar Series. (see right)


This course is hosted by: University of Maryland School of Dentistry




Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Professor, Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore


Dr. Lou DePaola is the Director for dental training for the Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center and served as a member of the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs from 2002-2005. Dr. DePaola serves as the dental and infection control consultant for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland Department of Corrections. In 2015, Governor Hogan appointed him to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. Well known on the lecture circuit, he has presented at most major national meetings as well as numerous international organizations. Active in research, he has authored and co-authored of over 130 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts and serves as a consultant to the American Dental Association and numerous other professional groups and private industry. Over the past 20 years, he has been awarded over 75 research and service grants, many in the field of antiplaque chemotherapeutic agents, HIV/AIDS, management of medically compromised dental patients, rapid salivary diagnostic testing, dental unit waterlines and infection control.

Dr. DePaola received his DDS in 1975, completed a Master's Degree in Oral Biology, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and the American College of Dentists; and has a Certificate in Prosthodontics.

Date: Friday, July 15, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Live Webinar Online



All Registrants - $69

There are No Discounts for ACDE Series Courses.

Credit: Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 2
Course #: 70022W
AGD Code: 148



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ACDE Webinar Series



  • The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is a member of The Association of Continuing Dental Education (ACDE)
  • ACDE brings together individuals who represent college- and university-based continuing dental education programs associated with accredited dental schools in Canada and the United States.
  • We are here to serve you, the dental professional, in delivering high quality, evidence-based continuing dental education programs to meet your educational needs.


The ACDE Webinar Series:

  • ACDE and 31 of its member schools are jointly providing a series of live webinars featuring university-based key opinion leaders.
  • Each lecture is hosted by a different school, but CE Verifications of Participation will be provided by the school with which you registered.

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Live Webinar Online



Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 2

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