Awareness of infection control techniques among postgraduate students and staff members - A questionnaire study
Mamta Sharma, Ritesh Gupta, Satvinder Singh
Aim: Infection control practices are an important issue in dentistry, as dentists are primarily responsible for observing the appropriate procedures. Therefore, the present study evaluated awareness of infection control techniques in patient management. Materials and methods: This cross-sectional study was done among 162 participants. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed through email to all the postgraduate students and staff members in different dental colleges. The questionnaire collected data on knowledge pertaining to infection control procedures and various sterilization techniques. The Student’s t-test was applied for the statistical evaluation of means. The level of significance was set at 0.05. Results: Evaluating the results of studies indicated that postgraduate students were more aware and follows proper methods of sterilization than staff members. The level of awareness of infection control measures which was above average among all participants. There are various methods of sterilization adopted by the respondents as most common (40.6%) was combination of autoclave and boiling water. Conclusion: The knowledge among all the participants was good but still they should be educated more on the subject and special professional training programs should be required to monitor the dental settings. Clinical significance: Infection control procedures will not only improve the health of patients but also of care takers.
Mamta Sharma, Ritesh Gupta, Satvinder Singh. Awareness of infection control techniques among postgraduate students and staff members - A questionnaire study. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 6, 2017, Pages 1050-1053