John Molinari, PhD

 John Molinari, PhD

John Molinari, PhD

1. Friday, April 9, 2010
9 am – 12 pm
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants
2. 2 pm – 5 pm
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants
ODAA Courses
3 CE Credits each

  1. Occupational Respiratory Infectious Diseases: Aerosols, Spatter, and Precautions

Airborne infections continue to be among the common reported transmissible diseases. The spread of microbial pathogens by droplets, aerosols, and spatter during provision of patient care have also historically presented occupational risks for health care professionals. While routine use of recommended precautions has been shown to be effective in reducing exposure to known respiratory infections, discovery and emergence of other airborne pathogens require continued assessment of cross-infection risks and infection control measures. This seminar considers representative viral and bacterial respiratory diseases, including as examples: influenza, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), tuberculosis, and bacterial pneumonia. The current A/H1N1 influenza (i.e. “swine flu”) pandemic will be featured, highlighting its emerging epidemiology, transmission patterns, virulence, and potential for vaccine development. Respiratory infections are discussed using microbial characteristics, person-to-person cross-infection risks, epidemiological patterns, disease impact, and health care provider occupational hazards. The use of appropriate precautions against respiratory pathogens is also evaluated in the context of emerging disease challenges and recommended protective approaches.  

At the completion of this course the participants should be able to:
  • Comprehend the impact of emerging and re-emerging respiratory infectious diseases
  • Discus representative viral and bacterial diseases, including influenza, tuberculosis, SARS, and bacterial pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Understand how influenza pandemics develop and the potential impact of the current A/H1N1 influenza pandemic
  • Comprehend occupational risks presented by these diseases
  • Apply appropriate infection control precautions to minimize the potential for occupational cross-infection


 2. Infection Control in Dental Practice: Risks, Infections, and Immunizations  

In December 2003, the U.S. CDC published their most recent Guidelines for Infection Control in Dentistry.   That document, along with updates concerning occupational health care worker infections and recommended vaccinations, will serve as frameworks for this presentation.   Evidence-based information reflecting the most recent scientific and clinical data will be discussed to reinforce and expand the rationale for specific recommendations. Another major goal is help dental professionals increase their understanding of both the “why” and the “what” of the most recent guidelines. This seminar’s overall objective is to increase understanding of occupational microbial hazards, and to use that awareness as an impetus to routinely follow appropriate precautions designed to promote the highest safety standards for both health-care workers and patients.
At the conclusion of this presentation, the participants should be able to:
  • Understand the rationale for effective, practical, infection control precautions.
  • Use aseptic procedures as fundamental components of an infection control program.
  • Understand the application of standard precautions when providing patient care.
  • Describe recommended vaccinations for dental professionals
  • Describe recent advances and applications of heat sterilization technology.
  • Describe the use of disposable barriers and disinfectants used in environmental surface asepsis.
  • Describe factors which can lead to dental unit waterline (DUWL) contamination.
  • Describe and understand strategies which may minimize forms of bio and DUWL contamination. 


Dr. John Molinari is currently Director of Infection Control for THE DENTAL ADVISOR in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Previously, he was a full-time faculty member at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry for 32 years, where he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. He has published over 350 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Cottone’s Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, with the 3rd edition published in February 2009. His activities also include serving as a consultant for the CDC, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, Council on Dental Practice, and hospitals in the Detroit area in the areas of infectious disease and infection control.