Dr. Roqia Mahmood Abdoh, Dr. Faten Abdullah Alnasser
Abstract: Background Notwithstanding, the distinction on occupational injury in dental clinics, the minority dental clinics have assessed the level to which safety is a deliberate preference or their ethnicity chains patient safety. In reply to the Institute of Dental Medical report and to an organizational enthusiasm to patient safety, the current research was utilized an efficient measurement of occupational safety was utilized. One component of the programme was to help health staff adopt and comply with internationally accepted standards of infection prevention practices. At the same time, the Ministry of health in Saudi Arabia developed an infection prevention guideline for dental staff, which provided infection prevention standards, and details about appropriate infection prevention practices in health facilities and mobile outreach services. However, there was no clear implementation plan. Objective To assess the level of attentiveness towards occupational injury among Prothodontic staff at the selected dental clinics, Saudi Arabia. Method A cross-sectional survey was conducted at five dental clinics, Saudi Arabia. A self-administered questionnaire was provided to 122 Prothodontic staff in the research setting based on their area of their specialties to assess the level of Attentiveness towards occupational injury among Prothodontic staff at the selected dental clinics, Saudi Arabia. Results This study finding showed that attentiveness towards Elements of Occupational Injury among some prothodontic staff at selected dental clinics. The majority (86.88 %) of the prothodontic staff had a high level of attentiveness towards Elements of Occupational Injury in relation to Blood spills should be cleaned up promptly with sodium hypochlorite. On the other hand (61.47 %) of the prothodontic staff had a lowest level of attentiveness towards Elements of Occupational Injury in relation to Preventionnot to recap needles. While, concerning the Intermittent Level of Attentiveness the highest level was attentiveness towards Elements of Occupational Injury in relation to Preventionnot to recap needles (26.22 %).While, regarding the Low Level was in the item of Universal precautions are not necessary in situations that might lead to contact with saliva. Although, the highest percentage concerning the low level of attentiveness towards Elements of Occupational Injury was in the aspect of Universal precautions are applied to patients with HIV and viral hepatitis only. While the lowest level in such item (9.83 %) was in the aspect of Needles can be recapped after giving an injection as well as in the item of prothodontic Staff with Universal precautions are not necessary in situations that might lead to contact with saliva Conclusions The current study results revealed that there were high levels of attentiveness among the prothodontic staff towards occupational injury within the study setting.
Keywords: Occupational Injury, Attentiveness, &Prothodontic staff