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Enhanced CPD Course

Basics of Legionella

  • Online Learning
  • Multi-choice quiz



CPD Topics covered

  • Disinfection and Decontamination

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to teach the learner:

  • What legionella is and potential sources where the deadly bacteria can potentially be found within a dental practice
  • How to identify environments that may be "at risk" for encouraging higher than normal levels of legionella.
  • Water source decontamination methods that ought to be used (as well as how to use them) to reduce the risk of patient infection, including who on the dental team is responsible for performing such tasks
  • Checklist methods used to regulate water source infection protocols in a routine manner.

Anticipated Outcomes

Following the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • List examples of sources associated with transmitting Legionnaires disease.
  • Define where legionella thrives vs. where it does not.
  • Outline steps necessary during decontamination of dental water sources and steps to prevent contamination.
  • List four symptoms associate with Legionnaires disease
  • Locate an appropriate person to perform a risk assessment.
  • Implement a checklist for tracking daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, and annual decontamination/prevention duties necessary.
Target Audience
  1. Dental Hygienist
  2. Dental Nurse
  3. Dentist
  4. Orthodontic Therapist
  5. Practice Manager
  6. Receptionist
  7. Trainee
  8. Clinical Dental Technician
  9. DCP
  10. Dental Technician
  11. Dental Therapist
High Level Learning Outcomes
  1. C – Maintenance in Field of Practice
Regulatory Standards
  1. SAFE
QCF Level
Level 3
  1. None

About the Instructor

Haleigh Pouliot

Verified Instructor

August 2010 – May 2013

Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY

Graduated May 2013 with Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene

January 2014 – July 2017

Dental Hygienist | Quest Dental | Syracuse NY


  • Performed professional prophylactic cleanings
  • Provided preventative dental health services
  • Engaged patients in active learning to generate enthusiasm for maintaining oral health
  • Interacted efficiently with a team in a fast-paced environment


  • 2013 - Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene


Geraldine Mullins

10th Mar 2019


Tarryn Bethel

1st Feb 2019

very informative.

John Turner

16th Aug 2018

highly informative not only for the dental surgery but the home environment also

Deborah Marten

8th Aug 2018

very useful information
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