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Staff Knowledge and Attitudes Towards COVID-19 New Biosafety Practices at a Brazilian Dental School
Marques-Medeiros, Ana Carolina; Martins, Renata Castro; Silva, Maria Elisa Souza e; Vilaça, Ênio Lacerda; Souza, Leandro Napier de; Martins, Maria Auxiliadora Parreiras; Gomez, Ricardo Santiago; Guimarães de Abreu, Mauro Henrique Nogueira.
  • Marques-Medeiros, Ana Carolina; Federal University of Minas Gerais. Graduate Program in Dentistry. Belo Horizonte. BR
  • Martins, Renata Castro; Federal University of Minas Gerais. Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry. Belo Horizonte. BR
  • Silva, Maria Elisa Souza e; Federal University of Minas Gerais. Department of Operative Dentistry. Belo Horizonte. BR
  • Vilaça, Ênio Lacerda; Federal University of Minas Gerais. Department of Operative Dentistry. Belo Horizonte. BR
  • Souza, Leandro Napier de; Federal University of Minas Gerais. Department of Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology. Belo Horizonte. BR
  • Martins, Maria Auxiliadora Parreiras; Federal University of Minas Gerais. Department of Pharmaceutical Products. Belo Horizonte. BR
  • Gomez, Ricardo Santiago; Federal University of Minas Gerais. Department of Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology. Belo Horizonte. BR
  • Guimarães de Abreu, Mauro Henrique Nogueira; Federal University of Minas Gerais. Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry. Belo Horizonte. BR
Article in English | LILACS, BBO | ID: biblio-1365228
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ABSTRACT Objective To evaluate knowledge and attitudes towards biosafety recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic at a Brazilian dental school. Material and Methods A cross-sectional study was performed in 2020 with the clinical staff of a Brazilian dental school. The whole clinical staff was sent pre-tested self-administered online questionnaires about knowledge and attitudes towards the recommendations for biosafety in dental settings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Descriptive statistical analyses were carried out for proportion calculation. Results Disposable head covering caps, isolation gowns, and gloves were the most frequently reported personal protective equipment (PPE). The rates ranged from 52.9% to 88.5% for N95 respirators, from 68.6% to 92.6% for face shields, from 47.4% to 67.5% for conventional eye protection shields, and 45.1% to 77.4% for eye protection with solid side shields. Chlorhexidine gluconate was the most frequent mouthwash indicated before clinical dental care. The percentage of agreement to provide clinical care to patients with suspected COVID-19 varied from 23.5% to 50.0%. The percentage of respondents who agreed that bioaerosol-generating procedures should be avoided was higher than 74.5%. Less than 50% knew the correct sequence for doffing of PPE. Conclusion This study revealed important gaps in knowledge and attitudes towards prevention and control measures against infection in dental environments in the context of COVID-19, indicating the need for improvements.
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Full text: Available Index: LILACS (Americas) Main subject: Brazil / Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice / Containment of Biohazards / Education, Dental / Personal Protective Equipment / COVID-19 Type of study: Evaluation studies / Practice guideline / Prevalence study / Risk factors Limits: Humans Country/Region as subject: South America / Brazil Language: English Journal: Pesqui. bras. odontopediatria clín. integr Journal subject: Dentistry Year: 2022 Type: Article Affiliation country: Brazil Institution/Affiliation country: Federal University of Minas Gerais/BR

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Full text: Available Index: LILACS (Americas) Main subject: Brazil / Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice / Containment of Biohazards / Education, Dental / Personal Protective Equipment / COVID-19 Type of study: Evaluation studies / Practice guideline / Prevalence study / Risk factors Limits: Humans Country/Region as subject: South America / Brazil Language: English Journal: Pesqui. bras. odontopediatria clín. integr Journal subject: Dentistry Year: 2022 Type: Article Affiliation country: Brazil Institution/Affiliation country: Federal University of Minas Gerais/BR