Friday, April 9, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
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April 9, 2021 - Abuse Regulations for the Dental Team: The Impact of COVID-19 
Christine Wisnom, CDA, RN, BSN

Important Notes and Announcements:

  • The webinar access link will be emailed 48 hours prior to the program date and email reminders will follow. 
  • By submitting your registration form, you are agreeing to CHEP's cancellation policy. Please review in detail prior to registering.
  • Greivance Procedure can be gound at the following link - CHEP Grievance Procedure.
  • Review CHEP's requirements and procedures for online learning in our Documented Technology Plan

Course Description:

Most dental health care providers report that they have never encountered an abused patient; however, data indicates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the United States experience some form of sexual abuse. For both children and adults, approximately 60-75% of injuries from abuse occur to the head and neck area. Often, we see these patients every six months, providing opportunities to identify and screen for abuse. During the COVID-19 pandemic, statistics for abuse have increased while in-person visits have decreased. It is imperative for the safety of our patients to review updated guidelines and methods for identifying abuse in the age of Tele-dentistry and limited contact. This program discusses childhood, elder and intimate partner violence (IPV) as well as Human Trafficking. The Maryland laws and regulations and the American Dental Associations’ Code of Ethics regarding cases of abuse and/or neglect are presented. Sample techniques and questionnaires for conducting interviews and examinations for alleged victims are provided. This program meets the requirements for the ADA Abuse credits for licensure renewal.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review for comprehension the scope of abuse and neglect in America, and the impact on these statistics in light of COVID-19.
2. Indentify how to interview and examine victims of abuse.
3. Review sample resources and referrals that can be implemented into practice for victims and identify the format and timeframe for reporting.
4. Discuss how to develop office policies for the management of patients suffering from abuse and/or neglect.

Speaker Information:

Ms. Wisnom is a Nurse Educator in the Department of Oncology & Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore. At the dental school she served the Infection Control Committee, as a member, and as the Chair for several years. She received her RN in 1986 and completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She is a faculty member and Program Coordinator for the PA-Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center. She is also an Infection Control Consultant for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners and the District of Columbia Board of Dental Examiners and the Maryland Board of Physicians.  She has presented numerous educational programs on a local, state, national and international level. Active in research, she has authored and co-authored multiple articles, book chapters, and abstracts. She served as the Chairperson for the Maryland School of Nursing Alumni Association and is a member of OKU National Honor Society. In addition, she is a private Infection Control Consultant and provides in-office programs for Health Care Providers. She is active in numerous professional groups. Ms. Wisnom has also coordinated numerous research protocols on a variety of topics.

Disclosure: Christine Wisnom and the Planning Committee report they have no relationships with commercial organizations to disclose.  There will be no discussion of off label products.

Continuing Education:

Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.  ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. 

Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. designates this activity for 2.0 ADA continuing education credits. 

Education Methods Used: Lecture, PowerPoint Presentation

Target audience: dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, office staff

Evaluation and Certificate:

All attendees are required to register their name and email address on the Webex platform and receive an Attention Rating of 90% or higher in order to receive credits. The Attention Rating is calculated automatically through the Webex system and reported to our team at the conclusion of the program. In order to receive the highest rate possible, stay logged into the training for the duration, do not minimize the training screen, and do not open other screens on top of the training. 

An evaluation will be emailed to you within two business days of the program's completion.  You will need the access code announced at the conclusion of the program in order to complete the evaluation.  Once you complete and submit this evaluation, your certificate will automatically generate to be saved or printed.

Registration Information:

Community Dentist - $50.00
Community Hygienist - $40.00
Community Assistant/Office Staff - $30.00
VISN 5 VA Employee - $10.00

Registration will close at the end of the day on Wednesday, April 7th. We will not accept registrations after this date.