Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice on Use of Personal Protective Equipments among Dental Practitioners of Tamilnadu
Author(s): Sushma Gopalakrishnan, Kavitha S, Geo Mani*
Dentistry is predominantly a surgical discipline, it leads to exposure to the pathogenic microorganisms harbored in blood, body fluid, and other potentially infectious material. Thus, using good quality PPE is very important for infection control in dental practice. With the growing potential of India’s dental market, the growth of the market for PPE is also high. It is equally important to raise the awareness among the dental community about the usage of good quality products of required standards to prevent the usage of low cost, uncertified and substandard products that decrease the safety levels of personnel. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding the use of personal protective equipment among dental practitioners. The survey was conducted among 205 dental practitioners. They were given a questionnaire consisting of 18 questions through an online platform. The responses collected were statistically analyzed through SPSS software. Descriptive statistics were done. Percentages and frequencies were calculated and to test difference among variables chi square test was done with a p value <0.05 considered statistically significant. 33.2% of respondents preferred disposable aprons as their protective clothing 41.5% mentioned that they change their gloves always. Another important aspect evaluated was the use of Jewelry, 40% of the respondents removed their watches and jewelry during the dental procedure. It was found that dental practitioners had adequate knowledge regarding the use of personal protective equipment although the percentage of respondents with inadequate knowledge and practice requires attention and adequate measures should be taken to improve their awareness on use of PPE and hygiene practices.