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European Journal of Dentistry and Medicine
Year: 2016  |  Volume: 8  |  Issue: 1-3  |  Page No.: 6 - 11

Practice of Infection Control Amongst Clinical Dental Students of Three Public Universities in Malaysia

W.A. Wan Noorina, D. Abdullah, C.L. Goo and M.M. Rahman    

Abstract: Background and Objective: Infection control measures are applied to all healthcare practitioners including dental practitioners. There was aimed to assess the compliance and level of awareness of infection control practices among clinical dental students in three major public universities in Malaysia. Methodology: Data was collected by means of a self-administered, close-ended questionnaire with a response rate of 62%. Results: The results indicated that the students were generally compliant with the infection control practices with good compliance in certain areas such as usage of rubber dam for endodontic work (96.7%), hand-washing practices (91.2%) and use of facemask in dental procedures (93%). However, certain infection control issues such as dealing with needle stick injuries (18.3%) and waste disposal (37.7%) were less than ideal. Conclusion: It is thus recommended that all items of infection control measures should be given due emphasis in the curriculum and to be followed by close monitoring by supervisors.

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