Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding the usage of needle destroyers in general dental practices

Author: 
Suhas Manoharan., Dhanraj and Ananthi.T

Aim: To survey knowledge, attitude and practice regarding the usage of needle destroyers in general dental practices.
Background: Needle destroyers are devices used electrically burn and cut needles. In developing countries, there is still a need for needle safety in hospital settings as most of the needle removal processes are done manually and under severe risk of needle stick injury. This lowers possible pathogen spread by preventing the reuse of the syringes, reducing incidents of accidental needle-sticks, and facilitating syringe disposal.
Methodology: A survey was taken among 70 dental practitioners of various specialities. The questionnaire was used to check the attitude of dentists and their opinion about the quality and efficiency of needle destroyers. The questionnaire was created using Survey planet, a survey-tool app.
Conclusion: About 65% surveyed were aware of needle destroyers but never used it. Among them 56% claimed to have gained knowledge regarding needle destroyers from friends or associates. Hence, there is need to create awareness regarding the usage of needle destroyers among the general Dental practitioners.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/ijcar.2017.3138.0203