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Prophylactic antibiotic use topic of ADA 2016 course

September 27, 2016 Dentists interested in prophylactic antibiotic use can still register for a previously sold out continuing education course at ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting.

The session, Prophylactic Antibiotic Use and a 'Different' Kind of Joint (5352), will be led by Dr. Tom Sollecito, the lead author of a 2015 report from the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs that offers guidelines about the use of prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental procedures in patients with prosthetic joints.
The course will help participants understand the risks and benefits of the prophylactic use of antibiotics; implement systematic review conclusions on prosthetic joint infection prophylaxis; and clinically apply prosthetic joint infection prophylaxis clinical guidelines.

The aforementioned guidelines, "The Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics Prior to Dental Procedures in Patients with Prosthetic Joints," are available for download at JADA.ADA.org.
Seats for the course are limited. The course is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 20 on the ADA Science Institute Stage. To register for the meeting and sign up for courses, visit ADA.org/meeting.

While the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recently published appropriate use criteria, which may be informational in certain scenarios, the ADA urges members to refer to the 2015 ADA guidelines for clinical practice application, according to a communication the ADA sent to state executives and officers.