Author(s): Sofola OO, Savage KO
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the compliance of a group of Nigerian dentists with standard infection control practices. METHOD: A confidential self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted among dentists engaged in active clinical practices in public hospitals in Lagos, Nigeria (n = 185). RESULTS: One hundred forty-six questionnaires were returned (response rate, 78.9\%). Most (70.6\%) of the dentists always wore gloves when treating patients, whereas 29.4\% sometimes did. Regarding facemasks, 45.9\% always wore them, 52.7\% sometimes wore them, and 1.4\% never wore them. Protective eye wear was always worn by 4.8\% of the dentists, sometimes worn by 52.7\%, and never worn by 42.5\%. Approximately half (50.7\%) of the respondents had received hepatitis B vaccination. Sterilization was performed using a combination of methods, including autoclaving (84.1\%), boiling (19.3\%), dry heat (17.5\%), and chemicals (29.7\%). Nonavailability of materials was the major reason for noncompliance with infection control practices. CONCLUSIONS: Nigerian dentists need continuous education regarding infection control. Also, Nigerian hospitals urgently need adequate funding for up-to-date and functional equipment and materials.
This article was published in Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol
and referenced in Internal Medicine: Open Access