Microbial Contamination of the White Coats of Dental Staff in the Clinical Setting

*, Harsh Priya and Acharya, Shashidhar and Bhat, Meghashyam and Ballal, Mamtha (2009) Microbial Contamination of the White Coats of Dental Staff in the Clinical Setting. Journal of Dental Research, Dental Clinics, Dental Prospects, 3 (4). pp. 136-140.

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Background and aims. Although wearing a white coat is an accepted part of medical and dental practice, it is a potential source of cross-infection. The objective of this study was to determine the level and type of microbial contamination present on the white coats of dental interns, graduate students and faculty in a dental clinic. Materials and methods. Questionnaire and cross-sectional survey of the bacterial contamination of white coats in two predetermined areas (chest and pocket) on the white coats were done in a rural dental care center. Paired sample t-test and chi-square test were used for Statistical analysis. Results. 60.8% of the participants reported washing their white coats once a week. Grading by the examiner revealed 15.7% dirty white coats. Also, 82.5% of the interns showed bacterial contamination of their white coats compared to 74.7% graduate students and 75% faculty members irrespective of the area examined. However, chest area was consistently a more bacte-riologically contaminated site as compared to the pocket area. Antibiotic sensitivity testing revealed resistant varieties of mi-croorganisms against Amoxicillin (60%), Erythromycin (42.5%) and Cotrimoxazole (35.2%). Conclusion. The white coats seem to be a potential source of cross-infection in the dental setting. The bacterial contamina-tion carried by white coats, as demonstrated in this study, supports the ban on white coats from non-clinical areas.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antibiotic sensitivity, cross infection, dental students, microbial contamination, white coats.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Public Health Dentistry
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 09:56
Last Modified: 28 May 2012 09:56
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76540

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