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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 78-83

Rate of compliance with infection control practices while taking dental radiographs in a dental health care center, Saudi Arabia


1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, College of Dentistry, Jouf University, Sakakah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Preventive Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Jouf University, Sakakah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Prosthetic Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Jouf University, Sakakah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sudhakar Vundavalli
Department of Preventive Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Jouf University
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ccd.ccd_811_20

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Background: Infection control guidelines are aimed at preventing cross-contamination in clinical settings. Radiographs are indispensible part of oral diagnosis and assessing prognosis. Strict adherence to infection control protocol while taking dental radiographs are mandatory. Aims and Objectives: To assess the rate of compliance with infection control practices while taking dental radiographs in the dental clinic center of a teaching institution in Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: An observational study was undertaken for the infection control practices in the dental radiology wing of a university teaching center in Saudi Arabia. Data were collected from dental faculty, dental assistants, and dental students working in dental clinics. Both pretested questionnaire and by direct observation of infection control practices was used for data collection. Chi-Square test for categorical variables and Independent samples t-test for compare mean self-reported infection control practice scores were used. Binary logistics regression was used to identify the factors influencing participant's compliance with infection control practices. P ≤ 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: 129 participants were included in this study, among those 26 were faculty, 19 were dental auxiliaries and 84 were dental students. On direct observation, the overall compliance rate was 79.5%; Dental auxiliaries have the highest compliance rate (94.5%) followed by dental faculty (88.5%) and students (68.6%). Binomial logistic regression predicted that females had 2.94 times more compliance than male counterparts, which is statistically significant. Conclusion: Students and faculty need continuing dental education programs for reinforcement on infection control practices.


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