Cross-infection and infection control in dental clinics in Nablus and Tulkarm districts

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BMC Microbiol. Dec 20, 2021; 21 (1): 352. doi: 10.1186 / s12866-021-02382-0.


BACKGROUND: Infection control has seen many developments during the COVID 19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) pandemic, despite this there have been many complications in different health facilities as well as in dental clinics due to the lack of knowledge about infection control and compliance failure. This study aimed to assess the level of knowledge and compliance with infection control measures in dental clinics in the districts of Nablus and Tulkarm.

RESULTS: Results showed that the total positive response regarding all infection control domains was (70.0%). While participants gave the highest positive response for personal protective equipment, i.e. gloves, was (96.10%). They gave the instruments related to the controls the lowest responses, that is, the sterilization of the instruments was (59.40%). The analyzed data showed statistically significant differences in compliance with infection control measures between Nablus and Tulkarm districts “p

CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, the results of this study showed that there is moderate compliance with the infection control protocol at dental clinics in Nablus and Tulkarm. There is therefore a need to strengthen adherence to infection control measures.

METHOD: Universal sampling was used to evaluate the infection control program in dental clinics in Nablus and Tulkarm districts. The study sample involved 265 dentists. Data was collected using a questionnaire that was emailed between July and August 2020. Descriptive statistics, Chi-square test, one-way ANOVA and Post-Hock tests were used. Statistical significance was set at ″ P

PMID: 34930145 | DOI: 10.1186 / s12866-021-02382-0

Larry A. Schroeder