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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-14

Knowledge and awareness of needlestick injury among students of Rural Dental College, Maharashtra, India

Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Rural Dental College, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India

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Rajiv Saini
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, Rural Dental College, Loni, Tehsil - Rahata, Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - 413 736
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0331-3131.84221

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Objectives : To assess the knowledge and awareness regarding needlestick injury among undergraduate dental students of Rural Dental College. Materials and Methods : This cross-sectional observational study was conducted among students of Rural Dental College, Maharashtra, India. A predesigned questionnaire, which assessed knowledge and awareness about needlestick injury and its management, was the tool of data collection. Results : A total of 150 students participated. The male to female ratio was 1:2; mean age of respondents was 20.66±1.01 years. On an average, 89.23% and 10.67% of the students had correct and incorrect knowledge about needlestick injury, respectively. A total of 91.55% exhibited adequate level of awareness, while 08.45% exhibited incorrect level of awareness about management of needlestick injury. Conclusion : Results indicate that the students had good knowledge and adequate awareness about needlestick injury.

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