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  1. Survey of the use of personal protective equipment and prevalence of work related symptoms among dental staff.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective

    Dental instruments such as the right angle or straight handpiece, air turbine, and ultrasonic scaler have the ability to produce dental aerosols containing water, saliva, microorganisms, blood, tooth particles, lubricating oil, and restorative materials.

    The purpose of this study was to find out whether personal protective equipment (mask, glasses) was used by dental personnel, and to investigate possible work related disease in the dental profession.

    Methods-Cross sectional data were collected with a self administered questionnaire sent to 69 randomly chosen general dental practices in the West Midlands Region.

    All members of the dental team completed questionnaires (dentists (n=122) ; nurses (n=115) ; hygienists (n=86) ; and receptionists (n=74)) and answered questions on use of personal protective equipment and the prevalence of upper and lower respiratory tract, eye, and skin symptoms (reported and work related).

    Reception staff were included as a low exposure, control group.

    Also, a longitudinal study of dental hygienists was carried out on 31 people who had taken part in a similar study five years earlier.

    Results

    Use of a face mask and glasses differed between clinical groups with hygienists and nurses being the most and least prevalent users respectively. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Equipement protection sécurité, Utilisation, Personnel sanitaire, Exposition professionnelle, Morbidité, Epidémiologie, Dentiste, Infirmier, Dentisterie, Médecine travail, Prévention, Questionnaire, Royaume Uni, Europe, Hygièniste

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Protection safety equipment, Use, Health staff, Occupational exposure, Morbidity, Epidemiology, Dentist, Nurse, Dentistry, Occupational medicine, Prevention, Questionnaire, United Kingdom, Europe

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0175299

    Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 21/05/1997.