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Romanian Journal of Oral Rehabilitation Numarul 1 PREVENTION OF HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS BY COMPLIANCE TO BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS TRANSMISSION PROTOCOLS IN THE DENTAL OFFICES IN IASI

PREVENTION OF HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS BY COMPLIANCE TO BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS TRANSMISSION PROTOCOLS IN THE DENTAL OFFICES IN IASI

Magda Calina Barlean, Eugenia Popescu, Carina Balcos, Livia Bobu ,Georgiana Macovei, Lucia Barlean

The aim of the study was to evaluate the level of training and compliance with administrative and clinical  infection prevention recommendations  in the dental settings in Iasi. Material and methods.  A questionnaire based study was initiated including 93 dentists in Iasi. Results. 91,5% of the dentists wish to be trained in infection control, and 78,7% consider important the presence of  a coordinator in this domain. In no dental office the compliance to  Standard Precautions is evaluated by planned activities. 78,4% of the subjects  are immunized against Hepatitis B  . The sterilization   equipment’s maintenance  is performed   and documented in  87,2%  of the settings. In 80,5% of them the necessary supplies for  hand hygiene are  easily  accessible.  74,7% of the dentists wear the full protective equipment. Written policies and procedures for the  cleaning and disinfection of reusable  instruments and environmental surfaces are available in 78,2% , respectively 21,3% of the dental offices. In all dental settings a chemical indicator is used for the sterilisation monitoring. Conclusions. The investigation findings highlighted the need for continuous dental staff training by an infection control coordinator based on  assessing compliance with recommended policies and practices.

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