2021 Volume 9 Issue 3

AWARENESS TOWARDS PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AMONG DENTAL PROFESSIONALS IN INDIA DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK- A SURVEY


Hema Kanathila, Meekha Peter, Mahantesh Bembalagi, Rahul S Jaiswal
Abstract

A substantial number of healthcare workers are contracting COVID when dealing with infected individuals. Dentists and dental clinics are more prone to spreading the virus because of the close contact with the patient through blood, saliva, and aerosol. To reduce the risk of contamination, appropriate fluid resistance masks and protective equipment must be worn by dental professionals and clinical auxiliary staff.

An online survey was conducted during the peak time of the Covid-19 spread in India. Data was gathered through an extensive self-administered and self-validated survey questionnaire. The data was analyzed using SPSS 13.01 program to portray the result. Statistical analysis was done using the chi-square test, One way ANOVA, and Karl Pearson test. Out of 589 participants, 79.46% of individuals who responded are from the age group of 25-35 years and 70 % had their working experience less than 5 years. More than half (60.3%) of the participants were aware of Donning and Doffing protocols. About 93.3% of participants feared getting infected due to incorrect use of PPE and 52.3% reported having raised the cost of care due to the rise in the use of PPE kits in dental clinics. This study showed that dental postgraduate students and dental practitioners in India demonstrated good adherence to infection control guidelines.


How to cite this article
Vancouver
Kanathila H, Peter M, Bembalagi M, Jaiswal RS. Awareness Towards Personal Protective Equipment Among Dental Professionals In India During Covid-19 Outbreak- A Survey. Ann Dent Spec. 2021;9(3):82-7. https://doi.org/10.51847/n1FMH7VKZ7
APA
Kanathila, H., Peter, M., Bembalagi, M., & Jaiswal, R. S. (2021). Awareness Towards Personal Protective Equipment Among Dental Professionals In India During Covid-19 Outbreak- A Survey. Annals of Dental Specialty, 9(3),82-87. https://doi.org/10.51847/n1FMH7VKZ7
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