Actual status of infection control by the dental hygienist in Korea

일개지역 치과위생사의 감염관리 실태에 관한 연구

  • Received : 2013.01.18
  • Accepted : 2013.06.05
  • Published : 2013.06.30


Objectives : The objectives of this study is to investigate the handwashing and use of personal protection equipment in dental hygienists and provide the basic data for dental infection control guideline. Methods : A questionnaire survey was performed in the dental hygienists who participated in the continuing education by the Daejeon City Commission in October 2012. The collected data were analyzed using PASW 18.0. Results : Handwashing was well practiced in group working for 3 to 5 years of employment. Those who took the infection cnotrol training used liquid soap, paper towel, dental mask, protective goggles, face shield, and gloves. Conclusions : Infection control is the most important practice in dental hygienists. So it is necessary to emphasize the inportnace of personal protection equipment including medical gloves, dental mask, and goggles.


dental hygienist;dental infection control;hand washing;personal protective equipment


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