The Dentist Magazine.

Ruth Carrico to deliver keynote speech

Published: 05/04/2017

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), a community of clinicians, educators, consultants, researchers and industry representatives who advocate for the Safest Dental Visit, has announced that Ruth Carrico, associate professor and clinical director at the Vaccine and International Travel Center, Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, will deliver the 2017 Dr. John S. Zapp Memorial Lecture – the keynote address at the annual OSAP Conference, to be held June 22-25, in Atlanta.

Ruth will speak on Friday, June 23, and will address ‘The Safest Dental Visit: Preparing for the future by reimaging infection control.”

The OSAP conference is the premier infection control education and networking event in the dental industry. Nationally and internationally known experts discuss current and emerging issues relating to infection prevention and safety in oral healthcare settings and provide attendees with essential resources, valuable tools and new approaches for better protecting patients and staff.

In her keynote address, Ruth Carrico will focus on the future and how dental care providers must change, collaborate, find new partners and identify new ways of doing things in order to keep the promise of safe patient care, while continuing to improve performance and the patient experience. The commitment to a safe dental visit is the foundation for everything dental professionals do, from care of the dental environment, to disinfection and sterilisation of equipment and instruments and assuring that all members of the dental care team have received immunisation against vaccine-preventable diseases. Ruth will discuss how the changing ecology of human pathogens, increasing diversity of our workforce, emerging infections that represent transmission risks in all healthcare settings and pressure to provide quality care at a lower cost may affect this patient promise.

“The addition of Dr. Ruth Carrico as a keynote will take this conference to the next level. Her session addresses the concerns that so many in this field face,” said Therese Long, executive director of OSAP. “It’s time to open the dialogue and actively communicate how these issues impact the future of dental care.”

The OSAP conference is a must for anyone who wants to get the most current dental infection control information right from the experts. Other items on this year’s agenda include sessions on the Orange County California Dental Clinic outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae/abscessus (M. chelonae/abscessus), new instrument processing technologies, teaching and compliance aids for infection control and late-breaking issues – topics so up-to-the-minute that they aren’t even identified until shortly before the conference convenes.

Because the OSAP conference draws leading educators, policy makers and researchers, it offers unparalleled networking opportunities. The conference also includes a wine and cheese reception sponsored by OSAP exhibitors, the legendary ‘Fun’d-raising Auction that gives participants an opportunity to bid on a dazzling array of items, an optional tour of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the headquarters of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and more.

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