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The products and services of BioCentric Seminars are:

I. Three BioCentric Lectures:

A. "Ergonomics in Pain Management Including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Hygienists." By dealing with the causes of occupational pain and focusing on instrumentation technique, this program has reduced pain, icreased joy and extended careers for hygienists since 1985. Lecture or (preferablely) lecture & hands-on seminar for hygienists. For details see "the global view" below.


B. "Pain Management Through Ergonomic Planning for the Dental Office Staff." This program deals with the causes of occupational pain and and how they are related to each staff person through work station evaluation and task analysis. Lecture only. For details see "the global view" below.


C. "A Practical Guide to Periodontics in a General Practice." This programs outlines a soft-tissue mangement program, reviews past and current surgical techniques, includes random thoughts on practice management, and focuses on examaination, diagnosis, treatment planning and case presentation. Lecture only. For details see "the global view" below.

II. The Ergonomic Audit of a Dental Office (Site visit) - In this service, Dr. Meador personally focuses on work station evaluation and task analysis for each staff person in the office, with the doctor present. In using the pain questionnaire, each person's posture and work motions are related to their pain profile. In clinics or private offices. For details see "the global view" below.


III. The Products are:

1. A video tape with a verbatim script.
2. A textbook that is recommended reading prior to seminars, site visits and viewing the video tape. The textbook is available either on the web or in hard copy from the Continuing-Education Department, UTHSCSA Dental School, San Antonio.

IV. The Free Services are:


1. A free self-evaluation "Pain Questionnaire" for hygienists that may wonder if they need help or not (printer-friendly version).
2. "Pain Questionnaire" Analysis to assist in interpreting participant responses to the questionnaire (printer-friendly version).
3. A free self-evaluation questionnaire for hygienists that may wonder if their operatory and armamentarium are ergonomically sound (printer-friendly version).
4. A free self-evaluation process for dentists that can help them to better determine the effectiveness of their hygiene program (printer-friendly version).


V. A personal consultation with Dr. Meador for individuals with special needs or specific questions.

For workshops and personal consultation fees, please contact Dr. Meador.

 

 

I. The Global View of the Three BioCentric Lectures:

A. "Ergonomics in Pain Management Including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Hygienists."

OVERVIEW:

This seminar is an all day program consisting of a slide, video, audio lecture in the morning and hands-on sessions in the afternoon. The lecture is required prior to the hands-on sessions. A workbook provides most of the information considered essential to understanding the technique. It can be lecture (half day) or lecture and hands-on (all day).

OBJECTIVES:

After the course each participant should understand: the ideal floor-plan for their work station, proper posture, instrument sharpening, and the full-arm-motion instrumentation technique that has helped many hygienists to improve their skills, reduce pain and increase production.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The morning lecture structures the day around the three major causes of occupational pain, i.e., 1) violating neutral body positions (bad posture), 2) and exhausting vital muscle groups , 3) in a negative work environment. After lunch, the afternoon normally schedules two hands-on sessions of two hours each, 12:45 - 2:45 & 3:00 - 5:00. Four hygienists can be accommodated in each of the two hour sessions, so eight hygienists are the ideal enrollment. Each session provides demonstrations and one-on-one training for each hygienist. This instruction reinforces the ergonomic and orthopedic principles as presented in the lecture, and proceeds in a step-by-step manner. It includes the hygienist's posture, the patient's chair positions, instrument grasps, and the power strokes (that provide a new experience for those that have never been instructed in a full-arm motion technique). It concludes with the integration of the power strokes into the recommended sequencing for a periodontal prophylaxis, which is easily adapted to scaling and root planing procedures.

The lecture is sometimes presented as a stand-alone program, as it can provide a knowledge transfer, but the desired skill transfer requires the hands-on session.

BioCentric Seminars has been offered through the continuing-education department of dental schools, to state dental and dental hygiene meetings, entrepreneurial groups, and private practices at many locations from London England to Hawaii. For large groups the lecture has been done on a morning, followed by three half days of hands-on sessions.

FOR COURSE HOSTS PLANNING A PRESENTATION

I. Basic Information

II. Participants Information
III. Additional Information

IV. Lecture room set-up: The lecture room can be auditorium style or with tables. Logistics include twin screens with two Kodak Carousel projectors (with wired remotes), a VCR player with screen (monitor) and remote control, an audio tape deck, podium, lazer pointer, and lapel mike. The hand-out contains the essential points from the lecture.

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B. "Pain Management Through Ergonomic Planning for the Dental Office Staff."

OVERVIEW:

This half day program deals with the causes of occupational pain and how they affect each staff person through work station evaluation and task analysis. Lecture only.

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this lecture is to prepare each staff member to understand the causes of occupational pain as related to their work station, and do self-evaluation for themselves. This requires a look at the ideal floor plan and equipment arrangement in each work station. Then, based on an understanding of the neutral position of the body, how the analysis of each task relates to the neutral position of the body. When a staff functions as a workshop unit, they can support each other in these important functions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is a half day slide/ video lecture program. The hand-out contains the essential points from the lecture. Participants may bring (hand drawn) floor plans of work stations and photographs of themselves at work and If time permits Dr. Meador will discuss questions that may remain after the lecture.

FOR COURSE HOSTS PLANNING A PRESENTATION

This is a half day slide/ video lecture program. The lecture room can be auditorium style or with tables. Logistics include twin screens with two Kodak Carousel projectors (with wired remotes), a VCR player with screen (monitor) and remote control, an audio tape deck, podium, lazer pointer, and lapel mike. The hand-out contains the essential points from the lecture. Participants may bring (hand drawn) floor plans of work stations and photographs of themselves at work, and, time permitting, Dr. Meador will discuss any questions remaining after the lecture. Use the basic "Biographical Sketch."

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C. "A Practical Guide to Periodontics in a General Practice."

OVERVIEW:

This program begins with a global view of how our concept of disease affects our daily practice through the classification of diseases, outlines a soft-tissue mangement program, reviews past and current surgical techniques, includes random thoughts on practice management, and focuses on examaination, diagnosis, treatment planning and case presentation. Lecture only.

OBJECTIVES:

After the course participants should understand (what Dr. Meador considers important in) the the concept of disease with practical implications for the immediate future; the essentials of examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and case presentation; the mechanics of and the (critical) end-point in a soft-tissue management program; surgical twentieth-twenty first century periodontics; a practical method (in use for thirty years) to monitor the periodontal health of patients in a long term practice. This re-evaluation procedure could well be the pearl of great price that would make the whole day worth it.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is a half day slide lecture, complete with hand-outs. Dr. Meador's seven years of general practice, while studying with Dr. Balint Orban, plus his thirty seven years limited to periodontics provides an abundance of information on the subject. The program is, essentially, a few carefully selected points that he considers especially important in any practice involving the clinical practice in periodontics.

FOR COURSE HOSTS PLANNING A PRESENTATION

This is a half day slide/ video lecture program. The lecture room can be auditorium style or with tables. Logistics include twin screens with two Kodak Carousel projectors (with wired remotes), podium, lazer pointer, and lapel mike. The hand-out contains the essential points from the lecture. Use the basic "Biographical Sketch."

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II. The Global View of the Ergonomic Audit of a Dental Office (Site visit)

OVERVIEW:

On this half day site visit Dr. Meador personally focuses on work station evaluation and task analysis for each staff person in the office, with the doctor present.

OBJECTIVES:

At the end of the program each staff member should understand: the causes of occupational pain as related to their work station (with the ability to do self-evaluation for themselves); the ideal floor plan and equipment arrangement in their work station; the neutral position of the body, and by the analysis of each task, how it can be performed and maintain neutral; how a staff can function as a workshop unit, and support each other in these important functions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The half day starts with a short session for the staff to complete the "Pain Questionnaire" and then the office goes to full operation for one hour. Dr. Meador observes each staff person at work by using the pain questionnaire to see how each person's posture and work motions are related to their pain profile, while gathering data for work station evaluation and task analysis. Then all patients are dismissed while he organizes his notes. A short lecture on ergonomics is followed by his going to each work station with each person and explaining his findings on their work station and motions required in the performance of their tasks. The doctor is required to be present with each member of the staff at their station.

In 2002 ,when Dr. Meador evaluated seventy two dental office personnel in twenty six offices in six weeks, he became aware of an acute need for ergonomic information for dental office personnel individually, and dental offices for OSHA purposes. It is a fact that dentists have not been trained in ergonomics, and have difficulty in truly understanding how it relates to day-to-day practice. After writing an article that was published that fall, he realized that the only way to bring this to the offices was to do it personally. After eighteen years in working in "practical ergonomics" this final stroke can make a big difference in most offices.

FOR COURSE HOSTS PLANNING A SITE VISIT

This is done in a dental office. A room large enough for the staff (usually the reception room, or a staff room) is adequate for the short flip-chart presentation on ergonomics. Everything else is done at each work station in the office. The basic "Biographical Scetch" can be used if desired.


III. The Videotape with Verbatim Transcript and Textbook.

A videotape with script, and a textbook, "Ergonomics in Pain Management for Dental Professionals Including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" have been developed to supplement the courses for hygienists, although they are not required.

The videotape was designed to be a stand-alone teaching instrument. There are forty places where "Stop the Tape" appears on the screen. Each of those places corresponds to a shadow box in the script (which is a verbatim transcript of the sound track). Each shadow box contains a workshop exercise which is essential to a complete understanding of the material under consideration.

The videotape is not as effective in creating a skill transfer as the hands-on course. However, it definitely provides an excellent method of review after taking the course. This is the best way to deal with information overload, which is common in any major skill transfer.

The textbook contains background information that could not be included in the lecture. In the three years that Dr. Meador was investigating the many elements of the technique, he spent a lot of time reading orthopaedic and ergonomic literature. Many times information of this nature does not "fit" in a lecture, but it can expand the mind and greatly facilitate the understanding and integration of a new skill. The term "new skill" is used correctly when one is going from one technique to another technique based on an entirely different ergonomic premise. The textbook is recommended as advanced reading in preparation for the seminar. It is recommended that the textbook be read prior to viewing the videotape. It is available on the web and in hard copy.

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I. Three BioCentric Lectures.

II. The Ergonomic Audit - Site visits.

III. Products: A video tape with a verbatim script, and textbook that is recommended reading prior to seminars, site visits and viewing the video tape.

IV. Free services:

1. Free self-evaluation "Pain Questionnaire" for hygienists that may wonder if they need help or not.

2. "Pain Questionnaire" Analysis

3. Free self-evaluation questionnaire for hygienists that may wonder if their operatory and armamentarium are ergonomically sound.

4. Free self-evaluation process for dentists that can help them to better determine the effectiveness of their hygiene program.

V. A Personal Consultation with Dr. Meador

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