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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 16  |  Page : 179-185

Perception of cross infection control among patients attending a dental college and hospital in Bangalore - A questionnaire study

Senwr lecturer,Department Of Public Health Dentistry. Jaipur Dental College, Dhand, Tehsil-Amer, Jaipur. 303101, India

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Background: The problem of cross infection and infection controlling dental practice has become a matter of public concern. While much of the impetus for change has come from within the profession, it is probable that changing public expectations for cross-infection control could also play their part. So a study was conducted about public perception of cross-infection control in dentistry in a dental college and hospital. Objective: The purpose of the study was to assess the perception of patients on the use of gloves and facemasks in dental practice, methods of sterilization and the risk of cross-infection. Methodology: Questionnaire survey of patients attending the college and hospital in Bangalore. Results: 149 responded to the questionnaires. Nearly all (85.9%) regarded the use of gloves as necessary, 81.2% felt the facemask was necessary. 51.7% of the respondents said HIV/AIDS is most common transmitted disease in the clinic and 36.2% said all blood related diseases can transmit in the clinic. 82.6% responded that dental assistant should also follow cross infection control procedures. Conclusion: While this survey shows a high level of acceptance of the use of gloves and use of the facemask there is a glaring lack of knowledge about methods of sterilization.. It also reveals a great deal of fear for HIV among the patients.

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