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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 407-411

Risk of needle stick injury in dental health care workers - A pilot study


1 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Edapally, Cochin, India
2 Professor, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Thokkavadi, Thiruchengode, Namakkal, India
3 Professor and Head, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Vinayaka Mission's Sankarachariyar Dental College and Hospital, Ariyanoor, Salem, India
4 Professor and Head, Dept. of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Thokkavadi, Thiruchengode, Namakkal, India
5 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Thokkavadi, Thiruchengode, Namakkal, India
6 P.G Student, Dept. of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Vinayaka Mission's Sankarachariyar Dental College and Hospital, Ariyanoor, Salem, India
7 M-Tech (Medical Nano Sciences), Amrita Centre for Nano Sciences, ACNS, Amrita Healthcare Campus, Edapally, Cochin, India
8 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, Thokkavadi, Thiruchengode, Namakkal, India

Correspondence Address:
Shamaz Mohamed
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Amrita School of Dentistry, Edapally, Cochin
India
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Introduction: The occupational diseases are constantly on rise and one of the most neglected causes is the risk of the needle stick injuries which occur on regular basis in day today routine of hospital and healthcare setups. The aim of the study was to determine the risk of needle stick injury in dental health care workers. Methodology: The present study was conducted in a private dental college (name not disclosed for privacy) in Karnataka State of India for duration of 3 days. All the staff members including staff nurses and cleaners, post graduate students and interns of the dental institution who were present during the study period were interviewed. Questions regarding times of injury, part affected, type of injury, and when it was injured were asked. The questionnaire was then analyzed for results using SPSS version 16 software and the results were as follows. Results: The present study analyzed descriptively the responses from the participants and found out that of 175 subjects 74 had a needle stick injury in their past one year which is of much concern. Conclusion: The under reporting or not reporting of these incidents may mislead us to the fact that similar kind of injuries are not present to cause a concern which very much evident from the present study.


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