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, 225 (10), 957-961

Use of Safety Syringes for Administration of Local Anaesthesia Among a Sample of UK Primary Care Dental Professionals

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Use of Safety Syringes for Administration of Local Anaesthesia Among a Sample of UK Primary Care Dental Professionals

K Trayner et al. Br Dent J.

Abstract

Background: Safer sharps devices (SSDs) are commercially available and their use is mandated through UK legislation.

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.

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