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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 15  |  Page : 1-4

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards personal protective measures adapted by dental practitioners in Hyderabad city - a cross infection control measure

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Back ground: "Treat each patient as potentially risk", this statement is given by CDC(Center for Disease Control), which proposed Universal Precautions, for the control of many dreadful diseases. As health care workers, it is our basic responsibility to control the spread of such devastating diseases by following infection control measures. Aim & Objective: To assess the various personal protective measures adapted by dental practitioners in Hyderabad metropolitan city. Materials and methods: The study included response from 208 dentists from Hyderabad city, who have been chosen by stratified random sampling. A questionnaire has been designed with closed and open ended questions. Questions were related to their age, gender, specializations personal protective measures employed by the practitioners and their auxiliaries and information about prophylaxis against dreadful diseases like Tetanus, Hepatitis etc. Results: It was observed that 83.4% were males and 16.5% were females. 78% of the dentists were vaccinated against HBV. Only 4% followed the CDC recommendations for hand washing practices. There is also an inverse relation between the use of barrier techniques and age. Conclusion: Lack of awareness on universal precautions proposed by CDC is observed especially in older dentists, but there is an increase in awareness in the younger dentists.

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