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Research Paper | Dental Science | Saudi Arabia | Volume 6 Issue 1, January 2017
Evaluate of the Level of Awareness? Towards Policies of Safety Measures among Endodontic Staff at Selected Dental Clinics, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Abdullah Saad A Alhumaidi | Dr. Hussain Saad Hussain Alqahtani
Abstract: Background Despite the highlighting on policies of safety measures in dental clinics, few organizations have Evaluateed the extent to which safety is a deliberate priority or their culture supports patient safety. In response to the Institute of Medicines report and to an organizational dedication to patient safety, the current research was conducted an efficient measurement of safety measures is implemented. Objective To evaluate the level of awareness towards Policies of Safety Measures among Endodontic staff at the selected dental clinics, Saudi Arabia. Method A cross-sectional survey was conducted at five dental clinics, Saudi Arabia. A32items self-administered questionnaire was provided to 200 Endodontic staff in the research setting based on their area of their specialties to Evaluate the level of awareness towards Policies of Safety Measures among Endodontic staff at the selected dental clinics, Saudi Arabia. Results This study finding showed that awareness towards Policies of Safety Measures among some Endodontic staff at dental clinics was variable. The majority (87.0 %) of the Endodontic staff had a high level of awareness towards Policies of Safety Measures in relation to for HCWs with non intact skin should not be involved in direct patient care until the condition resolves. On the other hand (69.5 %) of the Endodontic staff had a lowest level of awareness towards Policies of Safety Measures in relation to Used needles can be recapped after giving an injection as well as (69.5 %) was in the aspect of Blood spills should be cleaned up promptly with sodium hypochlorite. While, concerning the Intermittent Level of Awareness the highest level was awareness towards Policies of Safety Measures in relation to Isolation is necessary for patients with blood-borne infections (8.5 %). 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 awareness towards policies of safety measures (27.5 %) was in the aspect of Universal precautions are applied to patients with HIV and viral hepatitis only. While the lowest level in such item (15 %) was in the aspect of For decontamination of devices (with only contact with skin) washing with usual detergent is enough. Conclusions The current study results revealed that there were high levels of awareness among the Endodontic staff towards policies of safety measures within the study setting.
Keywords: Policies of Safety Measures, Awareness, &Endodontic staff
Edition: Volume 6 Issue 1, January 2017,
Pages: 210 - 214