Continuing Education

The Impact of COVID on Ergonomics: What Does it Look Like? What Does it Feel Like?

Course Description

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.

Learning Objectives:

- 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



This webinar is being provided in co-sponsorship with Dental Toaster and is valid for 1.5 CEU. Dental Toaster is a nationally approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. Provider ID#383988