Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003102
Title: Use of protective eyewear among dentists: A survey
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the awareness of protective eyewear among dentists.Background: Safety is one of the most important concerns in the medical and dental fields. All health-care professionals should utilize proper personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is not only crucial for the health-care professional but also for patients. In the dental field, PPE is designed to protect various regions of the face (e.g., eyes and mouth) from exposure to blood, saliva, and other infectious bodily fluids and materials. Eye infections are common among dentists; many are concerned, but few are using proper safety glasses. Dental professionals are often in close contact with their patients and may use a variety of sharp instruments during dental procedures. This increases the likelihood of a needlestick injury. Aside from needlestick incidents, protective eyewear is designed to prevent bodily fluids (e.g., saliva and blood) and dental materials used during procedures from entering the eyes. Materials and Methods: A set of 10 questionnaires were prepared for this study, and online survey link was created and distributed to various dental practitioners through social media. The subjects selected are 100. The data collected were compiled in Microsoft Office Excel, and the results were statistically analyzed. Results: This study showed that 62% of the participants do not use protective eye tool, whereas other 38% reported that they use eyewear while doing clinical procedures. When the participants were questioned about the protection of patient eye, they reported 12% (rarely), 28% (always), 32% (never), and 48% (sometimes). The prevalence of eye injury in dental office was found as 32%. Moreover, most of the participants replied that wearing eyewear during dental procedure was not comfortable (54%) and few 35% reported that eyewear is a vision barrier to work. Most commonly eye wears were used while doing scaling (44%), prosthodontic procedures (32%), restorative and endodontic procedure (14%), and others 10%. Conclusion: From this study, we conclude that there is a need for proper protocol management for the use of protective eyewear in every dental clinic. All the dental practitioners should be educated about the injury or infection that affects the eye.

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    Vaishnavi Sivakali Subramanian1 , V. Ashok2 *, Dhanraj Ganapathy2

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    1 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: V. Ashok, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Vaishnavi Sivakali Subramanian1 , V. Ashok2 *, Dhanraj Ganapathy2

    Title:Use of protective eyewear among dentists: A survey
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (January)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (247-250)
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    Methodology:A survey, Ocular infection, Ocular injury, Protective eyewear
    Research Materials:Dentists

Keywords

Dentists Ocular infection Ocular injury Protective eyewear

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