Preventing Infection: Guidelines for Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Friday, July 10, 2020 from 9AM - 12PM


Preventing infection for certain at risk patients is an important responsibility of the dentist and their staff. Understanding the current guidelines associated with antibiotic prophylaxis is essential for the dentist to provide the best care for patients. This program will review the current antibiotic prophylactic guidelines for patients at risk of endocarditis, those with joint replacements, organ transplant patients and other surgical patients who are considered at risk. This program will assist the dentist and their staff in making appropriate antibiotic choices; anticipating common adverse drug effects and preventing important drug-drug interactions.


At the conclusion of this program the participant should be able to

1. Identify and review the current guidelines regarding antibiotic prophylaxis.

2. Based upon the guidelines, identify at risk patients who require prophylaxis.

3. Based upon the guidelines, identify dental procedures for which at risk patients should receive antibiotic prophylaxis.

4. Select the antibiotics, doses and routes of administration recommended for prophylaxis.

5. Identify and select antibiotic choices for patients with antibiotic allergies.

6. Identify and select antibiotic choices to reduce the risk of drug-drug interactions with existing patient medications.

7. Identify and describe drug-related concerns associated with antibiotics.


Pamela J. Sims, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Sims earned her B.S. Pharmacy from the University of Florida, her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Sims recently retired as Professor of Pharmacokinetics in the Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences at Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy (SUMSOP) where she also coordinated and lectured in pharmacology courses for the Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Practitioner and Physical Therapy programs.

Prior to Samford, she served on the faculty of Idaho State University.

Dr. Sims holds a faculty appointment in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry Department of Pediatrics where she provides lectures in Pharmacology to the Post-doctoral Dental Residents and has provided courses to the residents and the Part II Board Review in Pharmacology to D4 students as well as lectures to D3 and D4 students.

Dr. Sims publishes and lectures nationally and internationally concerning topics on Dental Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Pharmacology and Pedagogy.

About Us
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider - 11/01/2017 - 12/31/2021.


Registration open through 7/9/2020 10:59 PM EST


Dentist - $89

Auxiliary - $69

Continuing Education

3 CE Hours

UAB School of Dentistry

1919 7th Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35294

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