Health Care Practices Of Dental Clinics

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1 Practices of infection control in dental clinics in the private, public and academic sectors in Sri Lanka Introduction: A dental operatory can be a risk for disease transmission if proper precautions are not adhered to. Infections may be transmitted in the dental operatory through different routes. It can be either by way of direct contact with blood, oral fluids, or other secretions or via indirect contact with contaminated instruments, equipment or environmental surfaces and also through contact with airborne contaminants present in either droplet splatter or aerosols of oral and respiratory fluids (1,2). Hence, both dental care professionals and patients are at risk of contracting numerous blood borne and upper respiratory…show more content…
Having guidelines and policies alone are not enough, there should be ways and means to implement these policies, such as using internet, web casts, social networking, podcasts, focus group discussions etc. Also there should be regular evaluation plans in order to ensure that the costs and outcomes of implementation of guidelines are measured (12, 13). However, in the developing countries including Sri Lanka, infection control policies in the dental practice have not been widely documented (11) and there is no report in the recent literature about how Sri Lankan dentists manage the control of cross infection in their practices except for a pilot study (15). The practices of infection control in Sri Lanka is still in its infancy despite the best efforts of the microbiologists in the country (16). Therefore the aim of this study is to investigate the infection control practices of practising dental surgeons in the government, private and academic sectors in Sri Lanka. Objectives: 1. To investigate the infection control
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