Volume 18 No 3 (2020)
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Knowledge and attitude of Dental Practitioners regarding sterilization protocol in Kanpur City: A questionnaire based study
Dr. Vishal Mehrotra, Dr. Prateek Singh, Dr. Kriti Garg , Dr. Rahul Srivastava, Dr. Sachin Kushwaha , Dr. Samiksha Shwetam
Introduction: In dental clinics, the significance of sterilization and personal protection procedures is of utmost important. The aim of this study to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding sterilization/infection control measures among dental practitioners in Kanpur City. Material and Methods: In this descriptive study, 100 private dental practitioners in Kanpur City were randomly chosen to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of sterilization and infection control procedures using a self-administered questionnaire. Results: 85% dentists considered their patients as suspected of infection. 95% of the respondents are aware that sterilizing instruments at boiling temperature could not kill all type of microorganisms. About 85% has answered that the time required for complete sterilization in an autoclave is 20 min. 70% of dental practitioners use autoclave to sterilize instruments. Conclusion: The Knowledge and attitude of dental practitioners towards sterilization procedures used in clinics was found to satisfactory. Even though most of the practitioners follow proper sterilization methods, improvement in the practice of handling disinfectant solutions is required. We would conclude that the regular continuing education program and short term courses about cross-infection and infection control procedures are essential to upgrade knowledge of the dental practitioners
Dental Clinics, Sterilization, Cross infection, Questionnaire
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