Comparison of the use of personal protective equipment and infection control among dentists and their assistants before and after the corona crisis

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J Educ Health promotion. Jun 30, 2021; 10: 206. doi: 10.4103 / jehp.jehp_1220_20. Electronic collection 2021.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 is a new viral epidemic in the world. Dentists and their assistants are most at risk from the virus, due to close contact with patients and handling of aerosols. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplemental Protective Equipment (PES) and compliance with the Principles of Infection Control (ICP) among dentists and their assistants before and after the corona crisis.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted using an online survey from May 6 to 20, 2020. Convenience sampling was used to select individuals. The questionnaire, consisting of four general categories on the use of PPE and PES and compliance with the PIC by dentists and their assistants before and after the corona crisis, was recorded on the Porsline website (https: // survey .porsline.ir / s / KUt7VQB). Frequencies in each subcategory were calculated and comparisons were made using the chi-square test, Fisher’s exact test, and a matched sample. t-test. A P

RESULTS: There were significant differences in the frequency of use of PPE by dentists before and after the corona crisis for oral examinations and also dental procedures (P P = 0.22), dental handpiece (P = 0.66), and dental unit (P = 1). There were significant differences in the frequency of use of PPE by dental assistants before and after the corona crisis (P

Conclusions: Although the frequency of use of PPE and compliance with ICP has increased among dentists and their assistants, this increase is not sufficient, especially for dental assistants, and a higher level of use of PPE and compliance with the ICP in the face of highly contagious and life-threatening diseases. threatening viruses such as corona is needed.

PMID: 34395643 | PMC: PMC8318191 | DOI: 10.4103 / jehp.jehp_1220_20


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