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Occupational Bloodborne Exposure Incident Survey & Management Of Exposure Incidents In A Dental Teaching Environment
Nabila A. Sedky

Assist. Prof. Community and Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Qassim University. Saudi Arabia.
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Volume 22, Issue 2 (April - June 2013)

Open Access


The objectiveof this study was to investigatethe prevalence of occupational exposure incidents among undergraduate dental students and the factors associated with it inthe educational dental clinics atPharos University in Alexandria – Egypt, and to measure the commitment with applying infection control policy in the form of compliance with post-exposure management protocol and reporting exposure incidents.


An anonymous self-administered questionnaire consisting of thirteen multiple-choice questions was distributed among 350 undergraduate dental students in mid-senior and senior levelsduring lec¬tures at the endof the second semester of 2011, with a response rate of 90.00%.Results were analyzed and compared by means of cross-tabulationtests and chi-square test was used to test associations between the level of undergraduate studyand the independent variables. Lastly, Pearson’s correlation coefficient was used to investigate associations between variables.All statistical analyses were carried out at a significance level less than 0.05 & 0.01.


About 62.00% of the senior students reported that exposures occurred outside the patient’s mouth. A high percentage of both the mid-senior and senior students (74.70% and 70.70%, respectively) reported that they were exposed to multiple sources of incidents. The vast majority of studied groups stated that they didn’t follow Infection Control Protocol after Incident Exposure.


Dental students encounter exposure incidents but are less likelyto report them, thus it is imperativethat the principles of infection control training and reporting of all exposure incidents continue to be accentuatedduring the course ofundergraduate dental education.


exposure incident, bloodborne exposure, risk factors, infection control protocol

How to CITE:

Sedky NA. Occupational Bloodborne Exposure Incident Survey & Management of Exposure Incidents in a Dental Teaching Environment. J Pak Dent Assoc 2013;22(2):89-97.