Use of safety syringes for administration of local anaesthesia among a sample of UK primary care dental professionals.

Trayner, K., Nguyen, M., Hopps, L., Christie, M., Roy, K. and Bagg, J. (2018) Use of safety syringes for administration of local anaesthesia among a sample of UK primary care dental professionals. British Dental Journal, 225(10), pp. 957-961. (doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.1028) (PMID:30468166)

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Abstract

Aim: To identify the current usage of SSDs in UK primary care dentistry. Method: A cross-sectional survey was administered to delegates at the 2017 British Dental Association (BDA) Conference and Exhibition in Manchester, and at the 2017 BDA Scottish Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow. The survey covered a range of questions relating to sharps injuries and use of traditional and safety syringes for delivery of local anaesthesia. Statistical analyses were conducted using SPSS Version 22 (IBM Corp., 2013) and included chi-square and Fisher's exact tests. Results: Seven hundred and ninety-six delegates participated, of whom 396 (49.7%) were using safety syringes for delivery of local anaesthesia. Of the 166 participants who had experienced a sharps injury in the past year, 76 (45.8%) worked in facilities that most commonly used SSDs for delivery of local anaesthesia. Conclusion: Our results indicate that a significant number of dental practices in our sample have not adopted SSDs and suggest sharps injuries are still being sustained in some practices using SSDs. Further epidemiological research is required to provide strong evidence for the effectiveness of SSDs and reasons why SSDs have not been fully adopted in UK primary dental care.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The work was funded by the University of Glasgow and NHS National Services Scotland.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bagg, Professor Jeremy
Authors: Trayner, K., Nguyen, M., Hopps, L., Christie, M., Roy, K., and Bagg, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:British Dental Journal
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group for the British Dental Association
ISSN:0007-0610
ISSN (Online):1476-5373
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Springer Nature
First Published:First published in British Dental Journal 225(10):957-961
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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