International study examines infection prevention practices in dental settings

By: January 9th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

A study assessing infection prevention practices of dentists in eight countries shows a wide variety of competency, and that includes U.S. practitioners.

“Comparison of knowledge, attitudes and practice of dental safety from eight countries at the turn of the century,” which appears in the January Journal of  Contemporary Dental  Practices, assessed 1,874 clinicians in eight countries on practitioner’s knowledge, attitudes, and practice of infection control, and, not surprisingly, the results varied from country to country.

For example:

  • Practitioners in Asian countries showed a significantly lower rate of immunization against hepatitis B than U.S. practitioners.
  • For HIV protection, Chinese practitioners report using surface barrier protection 15% of the time compared to 92% for U.S. practitioners.
  • Practitioners in Pakistan report using exam gloves 58% of the time, while U.S. practitioners use exam gloves 97% of the time.

U.S. practitioners consistently outscored international colleagues on infection prevention practices except in one category, understanding of universal and standard precautions.

“For all groups assessed, including the United States, little over 50% of practitioners understood and practiced Universal/Standard (UP/SP) precautions effectively,” according to the study.


By Ron Psimas, VP,Crosstex Int on January 23rd, 2012 at 9:22 am

Interesting but not unexpected. I would assume the US compliance to proper infection control procedures is far ahead of all other countries.


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