Oral Biol Res 2019; 43(1): 40-48  https://doi.org/10.21851/obr.43.01.201903.40
Awareness and practice of infection control by dental technicians in Jeju Province
Gyeong Pil Moon1 , Se-Hoon Kahm2 ,3,4, Jae-Man Woo1 ,3, Chan Woo Jo1 ,3, Sung-Joon Kim1 ,2,3*
1Graduate School of Public Health and Welfare, Jeju National University, Jeju, Korea
2Department of Dentistry, Jeju National University Hospital, Jeju, Korea
3Department of Dentistry, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea
4Department of Dentistry, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Sung-Joon Kim, Department of Dentistry, Jeju National University School of Medicine, 15 Aran 13-gil, Jeju 63241, Korea. Tel: +82-64-717-1843, Fax: +82-64-717-1846, E-mail: samuelsj@jejunu.ac.kr
Received: January 22, 2019; Revised: February 16, 2019; Accepted: February 25, 2019; Published online: March 31, 2019.
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Abstract
The purpose of study was to recognize and analyze the awareness and practice of infection control by dental technicians in Jeju Province. The data were acquired from on-line and off-line questionnaires filled out by 102 dental technicians. A statistical analysis was conducted by utilizing a frequency analysis, chi-squared test and one-way ANOVA by SPSS 22.0. Fifty-two of the 102 respondents (51.0%) acquired their dental technician license in Jeju Province. The subjects who had been educated on infection control during college or had supplementary education after graduation were 33 (32.4%) and 19 (18.6%), respectively. These results showed that the awareness and practice of the infection control during dental prosthesis fabrication were 2.41±1.10 and 2.12±1.31 on a Likert 5-point scale. The main reasons for the lack of awareness and practice of infection control were due to excessive amount of work, lack of infection control guideline, sense of necessity and concerns about deformation. Higher awareness and practice of infection control during prosthesis fabrication were associated with male gender and seniority of position at work. The statistically significant differences in awareness and practice of infection control were associated with type of laboratory, working time and training after college education. The practice scores were ranked higher in dental technicians with smaller sized laboratory, shorter working hour and more breaks during works. Dental technician’s education level on infection control was insuffcient and they had tended to practice less than their level of awareness. Therefore, an ongoing and systematic infection control training and surveillance would deem necessary.
Keywords: Awareness, Dental laboratories, Dental technicians, Infection, Practice


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