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ERGONOMICS IN PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR DENTAL PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

THE SCHEDULE:

The day begins at 8:30 or 9:00 with a three hour slide/video/audio presentation. The afternoon is divided into two hands-on sessions of two hours each.

ENROLLMENT:

The morning lecture is open and attendance depends on the size of the room. It is a prerequisite for the hands-on sessions in the afternoon, but it can be open to others. Each participant is supplied with a course manual (which minimizes note-taking).
A maximum of four hygienists can be enrolled in each two-hour hands-on session, accommodating eight hygienists for the afternoon. Depending on the size of the group, additional hands-on sessions, and/or facilitators (trained by Dr. Meador) can be contracted if needed, using the same format

PHYSICAL PLANT NEEDS:

- A room for the morning lecture with adequate seating for the enrolled group.
- Two Kodak Carousel projectors with wired remote controls.
- Two projection screens (a white wall works well).
- A standard VCR with remote control and a monitor of adequate size for the morning group.
- An audio cassette player.
- For the afternoon hands-on sessions, a dental operatory for each facilitator large enough for three hygienists to observe the one being instructed.

INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT NEEDS:

- Each hygienist may bring one or more sets of curets from work. Sharpening one's own curets is educational.
- Each hygienist will be more comfortable in slacks or culottes.
- Each hygienist should bring a diagram of their work area, and photographs with them at work if possible.

COURSE CONTENT OVERVIEW:

The lecture material recognizes the dental hygienists' pivotal role in a periodontally-oriented practice. It deals with the causes of occupational pain and the corresponding three-fold corrective strategy that has been effective in rehabilitating many hygienists over the years.
The central theme of the day is instrumentation technique. The presentation concludes with a detailed explanation of the Biocentric Technique.
Each hands-on session begins with a demonstration of the author's procedures in doing a periodontal prophylaxis, followed by one-on-one instruction in instrument sharpening and the components of the technique.
Each student is provided with protocol to assist with the many factors that are essential to integrate the skills and reap the benefits of the Biocentric Technique.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. At the conclusion of the course each participant should understand the principles of ergonomics and orthopaedics as they impact the practicing hygienist. This should allow them to deal with the many factors that contribute to fatigue and pain in the work place.
  2. They should understand the basic concepts of instrumentation and the details of the components in the Biocentric Technique.
  3. They should have implementation protocol to assist them in the many challenges to integration of skills.

COURSE BENEFITS:

Conclusions from a survey of 150 hygienists that took the course between 1991 and 1995 clearly indicate that there has been a considerable reduction in fatigue and pain due to the proper application of ergonomic and orthopaedic principles as taught. Hygienists report an improved self image and quality of life, both at the office and during leisure hours. This more positive attitude has helped to increase production and, in many cases, extend career life.

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