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Reviewing the Management of Clinical Contact Surfaces

Fiona Collins BDS, MBA, MA, FPFA

This podcast will discuss the recommended procedures and products recommended for the management of clinical contact surface for the dental office during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, instrument reprocessing will briefly be addressed.

Learning objectives

After completing this podcast, listeners should be able to:

  1. Review the routes of transmission of microorganisms whereby clinical contact surfaces become contaminated.
  2. List and describe the steps in the management of clinical contact surfaces. 


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  • CategoriesInfection Control, Public Health
  • LanguageEnglish
“Reviewing the Management of Clinical Contact Surfaces” is co-sponsored by Tribune Group GmbH. Tribune Group GmbH is a recognized ADA CERP and AGD PACE provider. At the end of the podcast, after passing the C.E. Quiz, you will be able to download your ADA CERP and AGD PACE C.E. Certificates.