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A survey of the use of matrix bands and their decontamination in general dental practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11852897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: The aims of this study were to determine the pattern of use and re-use of matrix bands in general practice in Scotland, to demonstrate which type of matrix band is most commonly used and to examine infection control measures of relevance to the safe use and re-use of matrix bands.
SUBJECTS: 621 of Scotland's 1,849 general dental practitioners were randomly selected.
DATA COLLECTION: A 19-item self-reported questionnaire was mailed in June 1999 with a follow-up mailing sent in August 1999.
ANALYSIS: Data analysis involved descriptive statistics and cross-tabulation. Where appropriate, differences between categories were tested for significance by a Chi-square test.
RESULTS: A total of 479 questionnaires were returned, representing a response rate of 77%. Reported compliance with routine glove wearing was high (91%). Most dentists (92%) provided training on instrument cleaning and sterilisation for their dental nurses. Ultrasonic baths were used by 59% of practitioners; the remainder soaked or manually scrubbed instruments to remove debris before autoclaving. The Siqveland matrix was the matrix of choice for 96% of respondents. 7% provided a new matrix band for each patient. Most (64%) changed bands only when they were bent or damaged; 29% changed them daily or weekly. Deterrents to use of a new band for each patient were cost (39%) and time (52%). A total of 54% of respondents considered matrix band replacement unnecessary between patients.
CONCLUSIONS: The Siqveland matrix band is the most popular among the study group of dental practitioners. Re-use of matrix bands is common. Guidelines for the safe re-use of matrix bands are required.
A H Lowe; F J T Burke; S McHugh; J Bagg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British dental journal     Volume:  192     ISSN:  0007-0610     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Dent J     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-14     Completed Date:  2002-05-24     Revised Date:  2014-07-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513219     Medline TA:  Br Dent J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  40-2     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Chi-Square Distribution
Dental Assistants / education
Equipment Contamination / prevention & control
Equipment Reuse
Equipment Safety
General Practice, Dental
Gloves, Surgical
Infection Control, Dental / methods
Inservice Training
Matrix Bands* / classification,  economics,  utilization
Comment In:
Br Dent J. 2002 May 25;192(10):551   [PMID:  12075951 ]
Br Dent J. 2002 Apr 27;192(8):425   [PMID:  12014688 ]

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