Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00004054
Title: Estimation of bacterial load from biometric scanners used by dental practitioners in a dental clinic
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Aim: The aim of the study was to estimate the bacterial load from biometric scanners used by dental practitioners in a dental clinic. Materials and Methods: Nine numbers of samples were collected from nine different biometric scanners from various floors used by various dental practitioners in a dental hospital. Swabs were taken using saline and sterile cotton swabs and were sent to the microbiology department for the swabs to be cultured and the bacteria were identified using gram staining and light microscope. Background: Bacteria can be found anywhere in the environment. Especially in a clinical environment, they can be found in abundance. Biometric scanners being an essential device which is contacted by all the dental practitioners before and after entering a clinic could act as a potential vector in disease transmission and act as a potential hotspot for microscopic organisms. These electronic devices provide suitable warmth and humidity for the organisms to grow on it. It is essential to check the sanity of this type of electronic devices; hence, this study was carried out. Results: From the study which was carried out, it was found that on an average 170 colony-forming units (CFUs) was observed. The major organisms found were Staphylococcus albus, Micrococcus, and Bacillus. Conclusion: All of the organisms which were majorly found were commensal organisms; however, they do not cause harmful diseases; they are still a threat to immunocompromised individuals. Hence, it is better to find alternative secure devices such as iris scanners, voice recognizers as they do not involve any contact between the practitioners and the inanimate objects like this. This study’s main objective is to create awareness among dental practitioners who use biometric scanners in their clinics.

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    Author(s) Name:

    V. P. R. B. Ranjith Raj, R. V. Geetha*

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

    *Corresponding author: Dr. R. V. Geetha, Department of Microbiology, 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:

    V. P. R. B. Ranjith Raj, R. V. Geetha*

    Title:Estimation of bacterial load from biometric scanners used by dental practitioners in a dental clinic
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (September )
    Year:2019
    Page No: (1924-1928)
  • Experimental Methods Keywords

    Methodology:Estimation of bacterial load, Bacterial hotspots, Biometric scanners, Disease transmission, Vectors
    Research Materials:practitioners in a dental clinic

Keywords

Bacterial hotspots Biometric scanners Clinical environment Disease transmission Vectors

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