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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-87

Knowledge, attitude, and practice of infection control among dental students in King Khalid University, Abha

1 Department of Diagnostic Science and Oral Biology, College of Dentistry, King Khalid Univeristy, Abha, KSA
2 Department of Periodontology, Guardian College of Dental Science and Research Center, Ambernath, Thane, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Maxillofacial Diagnostic Science, College of Dentistry, King Khalid Univeristy, Abha, KSA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shaik Mohammed Asif
Department of Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dental Surgery, King Khalid University, Aseer Region, P.O. Box: 3263, Abha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_6_18

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Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate attitude and practice of infection control among senior dental students of the College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha. Materials and Methods: The study sample comprised of 191 students of the College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha. A standardized self-administered questionnaire was developed with 25 open- and closed-ended questions related to barrier techniques, vaccination status, infection control practices, and awareness. These questionnaires were distributed among the senior dental students after obtaining the consent form. Each questionnaire was coded to ensure the confidentiality of the response. Results: The compliance with the use of protective barriers was high with the exception of protective eyewear, utilized by only 22% of students. There was a significant difference between 5th-year, 6th-year students and interns' attitudes (P < 0.05) regarding the treatment of patients with infectious diseases. About 59% of interns and 27.8% of 6th-year and 56.2% of 5th-year students suffered from percutaneous injury (P < 0.05), and needlestick injury was the most common source of accidental exposure. Conclusion: Efforts are needed to improve the attitude and motivate students in the correct and routine use of infection control measures. With all infection control protocols already implemented in dental schools, the challenge remains on improving compliance with infection control recommendations.

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