Year: 2022 | Month: June | Volume 9 | Issue 1
Evaluation of Dental Interns” Knowledge and Attitude Regarding Occupational Blood Exposure Accidents
Background: Occupational blood exposure accidents (OBEA) are harmful because they put the involved individual at risk of contracting infectious agents transported by the blood, such as human immunodeficiency virus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Herpes viruses. Almost 385,000 health-care employees are exposed to such diseases each year. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess dental trainees’ knowledge and attitudes concerning OBEA. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was conducted among the Interns of VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur. Results: About 69.8% (60) interns did not know emergency measures in case of OBEA while 30.2% (26) interns were aware of them, 89.5% (77) interns did not have a history of an OBEA while 10.5% (9) interns had a history of an OBEA out of which 63.6% (6) interns had a history of an OBEA once, while 36.4% (3) had it twice. Conclusion: The knowledge and attitude with regards to OBEA are moderately present among dental interns. Even then, there is a need for imparting knowledge by conducting awareness programs to upgrade the information regarding OBEA’s among dental under graduate students.
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