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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

On-line version ISSN 2386-8201Print version ISSN 1699-695X


ANTUNES FREITAS, Daniel; VERGARA HERNANDEZ, Clara Inés; DIAZ CABALLERO, Antonio  and  MURTA MORAIS, Zamila. Accidents with biological material among University Students of Dentistry. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2011, vol.4, n.1, pp.19-24. ISSN 2386-8201.

Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of accidents with biological material among undergraduate students in the faculties of Dentistry of Northen Minas de las Naciones. Methods: A descriptive, quantitative study with a sample of 73 4th to 9th semester students who agreed to participate in the project. Data were tabulated and compared by means of quantitative analysis with Excel and showing frequency values and percentages calculated based on the number of individuals. The p value was 5%. Results: The average student age was 23.6 years. Twenty three point three percent of the students said they experienced some kind of accident mainly when they were using a dental explorer. Most accidents occurred while cleaning instruments. The hand was the part of the body most frequently injured. Most students who had an accident had participated in the vaccination program against hepatitis B However at the time of the accident they did not participate in this program after exposure, wash the wound with soap and water or follow the procedure for gloves. The Chi-square test revealed a statistically significant relationship between the occurrence of accidents with biological material and gender (p=0,024). Males, at a rate of 83%, have fewer biohazard accidents compared with females. Conclusions: There is a significant occurrence of accidents with dental material amongst dental students. Protocols should be introduced to reinforce attitudes of more stringent biosecurity.

Keywords : Students; Dental; Accidents; Occupational; Hazardous Substances.

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