FIG YearProject title
2013 Radiographic Imaging for Mass Fatality Training in Dental Hygiene Students
RecipientDepartment
Tara L. Newcomb
tgarlow@odu.edu
757-683-5766
Dental Hygiene
Collaborating Faculty
Ann M. Bruhn, Dental Hygiene
Description
The American Board of Forensic Odontology recommends utilization of dental hygienists on mass-disaster dental ID teams. Dental hygienists hold licensure in competencies directly benefiting dental forensics. Mass fatality preparedness is not widely included in dental hygiene curricula. This research supports computer based teaching and clinical practice on radiation technique and safety protocols when working with victim dental remains; the primary learning outcome is safe exposure of quality oral radiographic images on simulated victim remains. Local and national continuing education courses for dental and dental hygiene faculty and practicing hygienists for mass fatality incidences could also be implemented.
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