Head, shoulders, fingers, toes … everything hurts! The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the dental profession into a paradigm shift, one that I like to call “Back to the NEW Basics”. Dental professionals are forced to abandon power-driven devices that produce aerosols and rely on manual instrumentation to provide patient care. The end result? Many dental professionals are hurting and suffering from a myriad of musculoskeletal disorders and other painful conditions impacting their everyday work life. This course will explore the impact of COVID on the dental professional. A brief review of the etiology of COVID will be had with a discussion on musculoskeletal disorders that impact the dental healthcare practitioner. The course will conclude with a discussion on how to select equipment to fit ergonomic needs with a focus on hand instruments.
- Provide a summary of the epidemiology, transmission routes, and signs of the COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.
- Define and discuss musculoskeletal disorders commonly experienced by dental health professionals, their causes and their prevention.
- Select ergonomically designed equipment and hand instruments to minimize ergonomic risks
With over 27 years of experience, Joy D. Void-Holmes is considered a thought leader in dental hygiene and is recognized for her ability to evoke passion into her work to help elevate the knowledge of the dental community. She is an educator, writer, consultant, and researcher. Published author for multiple dental related articles, editor and chief of the Inspire the Future Newsletter, creator of the Dental Hygiene Student Planner, and co-founder of the Inspire the Future Summit educators conference. She is an accomplished speaker and has lectured nationally. Her continuing education presentations include a variety of topics such as instrumentation, ultrasonics, infection control, nutrition and biochemistry, health promotion models, and oral-systemic diseases. Joy currently serves as president for the Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association and is a consultant examiner for the Commission on Dental Competency Exams. Dr. Joy received her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.