OSAP announces 2005 symposium agenda

The conference, titled, Base Camp OSAP: Prepare Yourself for a Higher level of Safety, offers attendees up to 22 hours of CE is for June 2-5 in Denver.

The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) has finalized the program for its annual symposium at the Westin Westminister in Denver, June 2-5. The conference, titled, Base Camp OSAP: Prepare Yourself for a Higher level of Safety, offers attendees up to 22 hours of continuing education and the opportunity to network with colleagues, educators and representatives of the dental trade.

Presentation highlights of the conference include:

"OSHA Eye for the Dental Guy," a team of dental infection control makeover experts will describe OSHA "do's and don'ts" in dentistry. This humorous approach to a serious topic will be supported by checklists and other resources.

"Bioterrorism ¿ how can the dental community respond?" From a dentist who was present at the World Trade Center disaster, to others involved in the homeland defense effort, this group will have the audience riveted to their seats. Learn how your office and staff can play a key role in the event of a catastrophic event.

"No electricity, no dental chairs, no running water. No problem?" An experienced mission dentist will take the audience through how to practice proper infection control in resource-deprived situations.

"I have the toolkit, now what do I do? Creative training techniques." An interactive session to demonstrate the practical tips and exercises in the new OSAP educator's toolkit. Appropriate for anyone responsible for training others in academic and practice settings.

"Cleanliness = Professionalism: Infection Control From a Patient's Perspective." How do patients see your office? Learn the 7-point evaluation for a dental practice's professional appearance. Rate your office patient perception with a revealing checklist to help increase patient satisfaction.

"Chairside Infection Control Education." Learn how to identify and maximize that "educational moment" for the dental team to convey information to patients on infection control and safety.

A special pre-conference bonus program addressing two major issues is planned for Thursday, June 5:

"Hepatitis B e-antigen Positive Carriers in Dental Programs." Dr. John Molinari will facilitate a panel to present what schools and other institutions are doing to address the issue and suggestions on policy, resources and more. Panelists also include Pamela Zarkowski, MPH, JD and Eve Cuny, RDA, MS.

"Incorporating Infection Control Throughout a Curriculum." Dr. Charles Palenik will lead a panel including Dr. Chris Miller, Joan Davis, RDH, MS, and Ginny Jorgensen, CDA, EFDA, EFOA. Participants can expect to take home specific tools and how-tos for use in their programs.

The annual conference also features technical exhibits spotlighting infection control and safety offerings from OSAP member companies and a poster session that allows attendees to review new research and speak with members of the scientific community. Special interest groups of educators, consultants and others will meet on Sunday, June 5, to discuss issues specific to their work situations.

On Friday, June 3, OSAP will hold its popular auction that encourages tax-deductible shopping for vacation packages, gourmet gift baskets, dental office supplies, and other prizes donated by its members. Proceeds from the auction help support the OSAP goal of safe dental care for people everywhere.

For more information on OSAP or to register for the annual OSAP 2005 meeting visit www.osap.org or contact the OSAP central office at (800) 298-0SAP (6727).

More in Infection Control