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Title: Occupational exposure and hepatitis B vaccination statues in dental students in Central Saudi Arabia
Authors: Al-Sarheed, M.
Keywords: Occupational exposure; hepatitis B; vaccine; dental students; Central Saudi Arabia
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Saudi Medical Journal, Riyadh
Citation: Saudi Medical Journal; 25(12): 1943-1946
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To assess the nature of occupational exposures occurring to students and to assess the rate of reporting of incidents. METHODS: A self-administrated questionnaire was circulated to third, fourth and final year undergraduate dental students in Dental College of King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from April 2004 to May 2004. The questionnaire was consisted of 4 domains: personal details, hepatitis B vaccination, occupational exposures and reporting of the exposure incident. RESULTS: Significantly more incidents occurred among final year students than third year students. Through the students there was no correlation between ages, gender, and dominate hand; however, more exposures occurred in female students. A significant decrease in exposures (p<0.05) occurred when an assistant was employed. Some students with one or more exposures during their training were percutaneous injuries predominated. Seventy-seven (28.9%) students stated that they have not been vaccinated against hepatitis B virus and that was notice among male students. CONCLUSION: Dental teaching colleges are faced with the unique challenge of protecting the student and populations against blood-borne infections. Efforts must go beyond teaching of universal precaution, which should include safer products and clinical procedures that can reduce the risks associated with occupational exposures.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/15950
ISSN: 1658-3175
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