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Effective: Summer 2011
D A 63SPECIAL PATIENT POPULATIONS1 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will modify verbal and nonverbal communication skills for a hearing impaired patient.
  • The student will demonstrate the appropriate method in which to escort a visually impaired patient.
Description -
Discussion and development of techniques and/or equipment needed to meet the needs of special patient populations. Intended for students in the dental assisting program.

Course Objectives -
Dental Assisting Theory and Practice
  1. Describe and/or demonstrate adaptions in patient positioning or educational approaches, and chairside assisting techniques necessary in the performance of dental services for patients with special needs.
  2. List and describe oral conditions which are associated with special patient populations.
  3. Explain methods of communication for special patient populations.

Infection Control and Hazardous Waste Management
  1. Recognize infection control issues and potential cross contamination problems which can arise in the delivery of dental care for patients with special needs.

Ethical and Legal Principles
  1. Explain HIPPA regulations pertaining to the disclosure of a patient's disability.
  2. Review the ADAA code of ethics and describe how the code pertains to special patient populations.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Dental Assisting Theory and Practice
  1. Describe and/or demonstrate adaptions in patient positioning or educational approaches, and chairside assisting techniques necessary in the performance of dental services for patients with special needs.
    1. the child patient
    2. the adolescent patient
    3. the geriatric patient
    4. the intellectually and emotionally handicapped patient
    5. the the physically handicapped patient
    6. the pregnant patient
    7. the visually impaired patient
    8. the hearing impaired patient
    9. the patient with chemo/radiation therapy
    10. the immunosuppressed patient
  2. List and describe oral conditions which are associated with special patient populations.
    1. the child patient
    2. the adolescent patient
    3. the geriatric patient
    4. the intellectually and emotionally handicapped patient
    5. the the physically handicapped patient
    6. the pregnant patient
    7. the visually impaired patient
    8. the hearing impaired patient
    9. the patient with chemo/radiation therapy
    10. the immunosuppressed patient
  3. Explain methods of communication for special patient populations.
    1. the child patient
    2. the adolescent patient
    3. the geriatric patient
    4. the intellectually and emotionally handicapped patient
    5. the the physically handicapped patient
    6. the pregnant patient
    7. the visually impaired patient
    8. the hearing impaired patient
    9. the patient with chemo/radiation therapy
    10. the immunosuppressed patient
Infection Control and Hazardous Waste Management
  1. Recognize infection control issues and potential cross contamination problems which can arise in the delivery of dental care for patients with special needs.
    1. adaptions to standard precautions
    2. management of oral hygiene devices and instructions
    3. knowledge of personal medical equipment/service device issues
Ethical and Legal Principles
  1. Explain HIPPA regulations pertaining to the disclosure of a patient's disability.
    1. requirements of HIPPA
    2. HIPPA compliance
    3. maintaining patient confidentiality
  2. Review the ADAA code of ethics and describe how the code pertains to special patient populations.
    1. ADAA code of ethics
    2. ethical standards for equality of treatment
    3. applying ethical standards
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. presentation
  2. quizzes
  3. final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Bird, D.L., Robinson, D.S., Modern Dental Assisting, 9th Edition, Philadelphia, PA, Saunders/Elsevier, 2009.
Bird, D.L., Robinson, D.S., Workbook to Modern Dental Assisting, 9th Edition, Philadelphia, PA, Saunders/Elsevier, 2009.

Disciplines -
Dental Assisting
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Oral presentations, Demonstration.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Required reading 2 chapters and writing a summary of the chapters from textbook.
  2. 3 Online continuing education courses and taking online test from the Proctor and Gamble educational website.
  3. Reading 4 ADAA journal articles and writing summaries of the articles.