First Aid Certification For Hygienists
I have recently had a half-dozen calls from hygienists concerned about the need to have current
First Aid certification. The members referred to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario Standard of Practice adpted by council January 28, 2011 wit the implementation date of January 1, 2012 section (http://www.cdho.org/reference/english/standardsofpractice.pdf)
8.4 Implementation subsections c which states:
c) Maintaining certification in CPR and basic first aid.
Further, the Guidelines for Continuing Competency for Ontario Dental Hygienists Section F (http://www.cdho.org/reference/english/SectionF.pdf) refers only to CPR requirements, as follows:
In addition to the 75 hours, each dental hygienist involved in clinical practice must hold current a CPR certificate at the basic life support level, which includes training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level, including one-rescuer and two-rescuer CPR for adults, children, and infants; the relief of foreign body airway obstructions for adults, children, and infants; the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED); and the use of ambu-bags resulting in certification or recertification by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross or an entity with equivalent requirements.
I have done a little research with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario for further clarification. I spoke to Jane Keir last week who stated that as far as she knows hygienists will never be asked for their current certificate (card of proof) of Basic First Aid, but that they would have to meet the criteria of subsection b, which states:
b) Ensuring that she/he is prepared to effectively respond and manage a medical
emergency by being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a medical emergency,
knowing the practice environment’s emergency protocols, knowing the location of, and
the protocols for the delivery of, emergency supplies, medications, equipment and
She said that she would bring the matter to council at the next meeting for further review and
clarification. Should you want to verify this information and get further clarification, I suggest
you contact the CDHO directly.
All that said, if you haven’t had to do basic first aid on a regular basis and it has been
more than two-years it might be a good idea to take a course (link to event registration for