An assessment of cross infection control practice in Nigerian oral health care workers

  • MF Gyang
  • O Tokede
  • OA Adeleke
  • GA Chukwu
  • PH Jalo
Keywords: Infection Control, Dental Health Care Workers, Sterilization, Immunization


Objective: This study was aimed at assessing the cross infection control practices among dental health care practitioners in Nigeria.
Method: Questionnaires were administered to 137 Dentists, 56 Dental Therapists and 62 Dental Surgery Assistants (DSAs) practicing in both government and private practices across the six geopolitical areas of the country. Each questionnaire comprised of questions on basic infection control procedures.
Result: Results indicate that all the participants use gloves during treatment, 93.8% wear face mask, 48.5% wear eye protection, 95.5% clinical gown/coat. Furthermore 27.3% have had a puncture or laceration from a dental needle or instrument while only 41.4% have had Hepatitis B vaccination.
Conclusion: Infection control practice by dental personnel in Nigeria has improved compared to previous studies, particularly in the use of gloves. However in the areas of sterilization, vaccination, there are needs for improvement.

Key words: Infection Control, Dental Health Care Workers, Sterilization, Immunization


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