Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003607
Title: Knowledge and awareness of needlestick injury among undergraduate students
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: This study aims to access the knowledge and awareness of needlestick injury (NSI) among dental students. Background: NSI constitutes as one of the most common occupational hazards among dental profession. Dental professional is at a higher risk due to their limited and restricted working area. A questionnaire-based study was carried out to determine the knowledge and awareness regarding NSI in dental students. Materials and Methods: Self-administered questionnaire with 15 questions was prepared and distributed among the 3rd and final year students. The questionnaire includes sex and year of study. The questionnaire includes the basic questions on the knowledge and assessment of NSI and precautions and prevention on NSI. The data extracted were tabulated, data management and statistical analysis were performed, frequencies and percentages were calculated, and results obtained using SPSS. Conclusion: This study reveals that the knowledge and awareness of NSI among dental students is inadequate. A standard protocol as well as adapting prevention measures should be formulated in all dental colleges. As per the WHO recommendation elimination of needle recapping, the use of safety disposable method and use of needleless device should be implemented to reduce the risk of NSIs.

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    Author(s) Name:

    Harish Devarajan1 , Sujatha Somasundaram2 *

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

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

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Sujatha Somasundaram, Department of Pedodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Harish Devarajan1 , Sujatha Somasundaram2 *

    Title:Knowledge and awareness of needlestick injury among undergraduate students
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (June )
    Year:2019
    Page No: (1400-1405)
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    Methodology: Awareness, Knowledge, Management, Needlestick injury, Prevention
    Research Materials:Dental students

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Awareness Dental students Knowledge Management Needlestick injury Prevention

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