Infection assessment in private dental clinics of Bandar Abbas in 2006


Vali Alipour 1 , * , Abdolmehdi Araghizadeh 2 , Kavoos Dindarloo 1 , Leyla Rezaei 3

1 Instructor Department of Enviromental Health, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicen, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

3 Health Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

How to Cite: Alipour V, Araghizadeh A, Dindarloo K, Rezaei L. Infection assessment in private dental clinics of Bandar Abbas in 2006, Hormozgan Med J. 2008 ; 12(2):e88946.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 12 (2); e88946
Published Online: June 18, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
Received: January 28, 2008
Accepted: June 18, 2008




Introduction: Implementing infection control programs in dental clinics is essential to
prevent transmission of infectious agents among personnel and patients. The program
usually starts by evaluation of risk factors and is completed by designing a suitable
strategy to eliminate them. In this study, we have evaluated the infection control situation
in private dental offices in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, during year 2006.
Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 60 dental offices were investigated in a period of 6
months. A standard questionnaire was used for data gathering (response rate was 82%).
The questionnaire contained 46 questions about demographic information, knowledge and
practice of dentists related to infection control and hygienic condition of their clinics.
Data was analyzed using t-test and pearson correlation coefficient by means of Excel and
SPSS softwares.
Results: The vaccination rate against hepatitis B was 43.5% among dentists, while 75%
of them were not sure about antibody production in their body. The rate of using personal
protection equipments and mouth washing solution among dentists were 80% and 15%,
respectively. Correct answer to questions on instruments sterilization, proper hand
washing and subcutaneous infection control were 74%, 56.7% and 34%, respectively.
Special containers were used for infectious disposal in 82% of clinics which only 60% of
them were labeled. Seventy four percent of dentists were confident about accurate
sterilization of instruments, but 50% of them were not confident that instruments
remained sterilized until operation. The average score of knowledge, practice, and
hygienic clinics situation in female and male dentists were 10.1± 1.73 and 11.1± 1.79;
14.4± 1.40 and 13.6± 1.73; and 16.6± 1.13 and 16± 1.26, respectively.
Conclusion: In our quality assessments, the knowledge and practice level of participated
dentists were intermediate and environmental health situation of clinics was scored high.
According to relationship between knowledge and practice, infection control rate will be
promoted using appropriate educational programs.


Infection control - Dental clinic - Sterilization

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