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Document ID (ISN)67891
CIS number 96-2310
ISSN - Serial title 0394-2953 - Archivio di Scienze del Lavoro
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ficarra M.G., Deli G., Di Liso G., Berloco F., Rizzelli R.
Title Prevention of infection in dentistry and dental staff habits: Results of a field survey
Original title Prevenzione delle infezioni e comportamenti del personale in odontoiatria: risultati di un'indagine sul campo [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 1995, Vol.11, No.1, p.1-6. 7 ref.
Abstract This study is based on a questionnaire self administered by dental professionals in order to assess their knowledge of the risks of catching an infectious disease and of preventive measures to be adopted in the work place. Only 47% of the interviewed staff claimed to have a good knowledge of AIDS; while 46% considered their knowledge to be barely sufficient. About 1/4 of the subjects thought it was understandable that some health workers could decline to treat HIV-positive patients. Utilization of protective devices (gloves, masks, goggles) was satisfactory. However, a significant number of these workers had not been vaccinated against hepatitis B. Basic rules of hygiene were observed by a limited number of nurses (only 7% of them washed their hands after each single treatment). A low percentage of workers used an antibacterial preparation after washing their hands. The importance of adequate health training for all health staff is stressed.
Descriptors (primary) infectious diseases; infectious hepatitis; immunodeficiency syndrome; assessment of knowledge; dental services; vaccination; infection control
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; Italy
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
HIV/AIDS
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
OSH training
Viral diseases (other than aids)