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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 5-6

Assessment of sterilization practices among orthodontists


1 PG Student, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedic, ACPM Dental College and Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
2 Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedic, ACPM Dental College and Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
3 Professor and HOD, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedic, ACPM Dental College and Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra, India
4 Reader, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedic, ACPM Dental College and Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Prasad Anil Borole
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedic, ACPM Dental College and Hospital, Dhule, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmo.ijmo_4_20

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Background: Orthodontists do not perform surgical procedures, nevertheless they are obliged to practice appropriate sterilization techniques to prevent cross-infection. This is also important from an ethical and legal point of view. The aim of the present study is to evacuate the compliance of orthodontists to infection control procedures in Khandesh region, Maharashtra. Methodology: A questionnaire with 20 items was delivered by E-mail to a total of 271 orthodontists/residents from Khandesh region, Maharashtra. The data collected from the survey was analyzed using IBM SPSS statistics 22 software. Results: Nearly 93.4% of the responders believed that autoclave is the best method of sterilization, 59% of the responders think that dry heat is the best for sterilization, while 50.9% of the responders think about cold chemical and 60.5% about ethylene oxide. Many responders preferred the multiple options. Conclusion: Infection control procedures in the field of orthodontics must be improved in India. Training on compliance with the infection control principles should be included in education programs and these programs should be repeated on a regular basis.


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