J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2017 Dec;41(4):237-242. 10.11149/jkaoh.2017.41.4.237.

Survey of the knowledge, safety climate, and compliance with hospital infection standard precautions among dental hygienists

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Biomedical Health Science, Graduate School, Dong-Eui University, Korea. yamako93@deu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Dental Hygiene, College of Nursing, Healthcare Sciences & Human Ecology, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The aim of this study was to examine the knowledge, safety climate, and compliance with hospital standard precautions among dental hygienists, and investigate the influencing factors.
METHODS
A biased sampling method was used. Using the modified questionnaire, data were collected from 146 dental hygienists working at dental hospitals, general hospitals, and University hospitals, during September to October 2015. Data were entered and analyzed using software SPSS 20.0.
RESULTS
The knowledge, safety climate, and compliance score of the hygienists regarding hospital standard precautions, were high when evaluation was carried out during healthcare accreditation or its preparation. The most important factor affecting compliance with the hospital standard precautions was working experience.
CONCLUSIONS
Knowledge, safety climate, and compliance with hospital infection standard precautions were all high, on certification by the healthcare accreditation system.

Keyword

Dental hygienist; Infection control; Infection prevention; Standard precautions
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