|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2012 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 238
KAP regarding HIV infection through accidental needlestick injuries among dental students
Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
|Date of Web Publication||4-May-2013|
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkhae, Bangkok
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. KAP regarding HIV infection through accidental needlestick injuries among dental students. Natl J Maxillofac Surg 2012;3:238
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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. KAP regarding HIV infection through accidental needlestick injuries among dental students. Natl J Maxillofac Surg [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 May 25];3:238. Available from: http://www.njms.in/text.asp?2012/3/2/238/111396
The recent report on "KAP regarding HIV infection through accidental needlestick injuries among dental students" is quite interesting.  Guruprasad and Chauhan reported that "There is a need of correcting the existing misconceptions through education programs early in the course and providing supportive and proper guidelines regarding needlestick injuries and HIV infection".  Indeed, the concern on medical personnel accidental exposure and HIV infection risk has been talked for a long time. It is no doubt that the students are the most vulnerable group with the highest risk due to their lowest experience and knowledge. Of interest, the accident and risk start as early as the start of clinical practice.  However, it seems that the students are usually overlooked for their high risk for getting accidents. Indeed, this group with the lowest clinical experience should get the special mentoring and care.
It is totally agreed that there must be the program in the early course on prevention of HIV and other blood-borne infections. However, another important thing that should not be forgotten is the good training system (good preventive tool, good place, good teacher, good post exposure management, etc.) To manage the problem of accidental needlestick injuries among dental students, the authors would like to raise these recommendations.
- It should be restated that accidental is a totally unwanted event that occurs by chance and unpredictable.
- The zero rate of accident has to be set as the benchmarking.
- Correction and preventive action is required.
- Quality control of clinical study process is needed. The safety has to be an important aspect in quality control.
- There must be the surveillance system for accident. Also, the incident report has to be completely used.
- There must be the good and effective post-exposure management system.
- Before actual clinical practice, there must be prerequisite for passing the assessment on safety practice.
- The good preventive equipment has to be available for clinical practice section.
- The special training session on self-prevention behavior is suggested. Also, the periodically repeatedly refreshment training is recommended.
- Special care for clinical practice of the student is needed. Closed observation by clinical mentor is the rule.
- For each training session, introduction of safety before practice and conclusion on safety after practice is recommended.
| References|| |
|1.||Guruprasad Y, Chauhan DS. Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding risk of HIV infection through accidental needlestick injuries among dental students of Raichur, India. Natl J Maxillofac Surg 2011;2:152-5. |
|2.||Wiwanitkit V. Needle stick injuries during medical training among Thai pre-clinical year medical students of the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University. J Med Assoc Thai 2001;84:120-4. |