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ISSN: 1874-2106 ― Volume 14, 2020
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Awareness and Practices of Dental Students and Dentists Regarding Infection Control in Prosthodontic Clinics



Ragheb Halawani1, *, Khalid Aboalshamat2, Ruba Alwsaidi3, Sultana Sharqawi3, Rawan Alhazmi4, Zahra Abualsaud3, Amal Alattallah4, Maha Alamri3
1 Department of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2 Dental Public Health Division, Preventive Dentistry Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Dentistry, Alfarabi Private College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Dentistry, King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Abstract

Background:

Patient safety is a priority for achieving higher quality health care standards and human error> reduction.

Objective:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the level of appropriate infection control practices in a prosthodontic clinic in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Methods:

This cross-sectional study included 460 dental students and dentists recruited from five centers. Data were collected by self-administered questionnaires> composed of 25 questions. The questionnaires> assessed infection control practices in prosthodontic clinics, including wearable barriers, disinfection measures among patients, disinfection of laboratory submissions, and proper infection control. Other questions assessed sources of knowledge, self-evaluation of knowledge, implementation, and satisfaction with knowledge application.

Results:

Total correct answers for proper practice (16 questions) had a mean of 12.5 with a standard deviation of 2.8. The most commonly practiced procedure was wearing a mask (99.8%) and the least was sterilizing the facebow before its use by the patient (53.7%). Participants from governmental colleges (m = 13.67, SD = 2.17) had significantly higher scores than participants from private colleges (m = 12.35, SD = 2.9), p <0.001. Only 2.8% had never attended a lecture, and only 13.8% had never had hands-on training for infection control. Despite 49.1% evaluating themselves as having very poor to poor knowledge, 90.7% had fair to very good valuation of their infection control implementations, and 87.6% were satisfied with their knowledge and performance levels.

Conclusion:

Dental students and dentists have high levels of adequate infection control practices in the prosthodontic clinic despite the moderate level of their satisfaction with their knowledge.

Keywords: Prosthodontic, Infection control, Saudi Arabia, Practice, Dental students, Dentists.


Article Information


Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2020
Volume: 14
First Page: 184
Last Page: 190
Publisher Id: TODENTJ-14-184
DOI: 10.2174/1874210602014010184

Article History:

Received Date: 03/02/2020
Revision Received Date: 19/03/2020
Acceptance Date: 30/03/2020
Electronic publication date: 16/05/2020
Collection year: 2020

© 2020 Halawaniet al.

open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0), a copy of which is available at: (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode). This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia; E-mail: raghebali.ra@gmail.com



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