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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Awareness and Prevalence of Accidental Blood-borne Exposures Among Students of Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery Vikarabad

P Parthasarathi Reddy, M Monica, Md Shakeel Anjum, Rekha Ch Bhanu, V Sudhakar, K Yadav Rao

Citation Information : Reddy PP, Monica M, Anjum MS, Bhanu RC, Sudhakar V, Rao KY. Awareness and Prevalence of Accidental Blood-borne Exposures Among Students of Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery Vikarabad. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2012; 6 (2):47-51.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-6-2-47

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


Abstract

Background

Studies have demonstrated that dental stu-dents / dentists are among the most vulnerable to blood-borne exposures.

Objectives

The objective of this study was to assess the awareness and prevalence of accidental blood-borne exposures among undergraduate and postgraduate dental students.

Materials and Methods

A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 281 students at Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery-Vikarabad, in which a structured pre-tested self-administered questionnaire was given to all clinical dental students and the responses were subjected to statistical analysis.

Results

The response rate in present study was 87%. The mean age of the subjects was 22.9 years and awareness on blood borne exposures was found to be 88.9%. 76% of the students reported having undergone accidental exposures with 24% of them being Per-cutaneous injuries. In 49% of respondents syringe needle was the most common instrument causing accidental injury.

Conclusion

Accidental exposures and non-reporting of accidental exposures were prevalent in these students.


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