The Main Tasks of a Dental Infection-Control Coordinator and Awareness about Education

Min Kyung Kang1   Seon-Kyeong Kim2   Ji-Hye Kim3   Bo-Young  Park4   Ma-I Choi4   Wan-Su Yoo5   Eun-Ju  Jo6   Hyun-A  Kim7   Min-Sun Lee8   Yu-Ri Choi9   So-Jung  Mun9,*   

1Department of Dental Hygiene, Hanseo University, Seosan 31962, Korea
2Seoul National University Dental Hospital, Seoul 03080, Korea
3Department of Dental Hygiene, Baekseok University, Cheonan, 31065, Korea
4Department of Dental Hygiene, Yonsei University, Wonju 26493, Korea
5SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul 07061,Korea
6Inha University Hospital, Incheon 22332, Korea
7Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital, Seoul 07804, Korea
8Department of Dental Hygiene, Kyoungdong University, Wonju 26495, Korea
9Department of Dental Hygiene, Hallym Polytechnic University, Chuncheon, 24210, Korea


Objectives: This study aimed to clarify the main tasks of a dental infection-control coordinator and investigate the awareness and educational needs of dental infection-control coordinators.Methods: A questionnaire was prepared through an extensive review of the literature on dental infection-control coordinators and administered to 351 dental hygienists working in dental institutions. We analyzed the working status of dental infection-control coordinators, the relevance of their work, and their perceptions of education.Results: Among the dental infection-control coordinators, 92.7% were dental hygienists and more than 90% of the respondents said that the task of dental infection-control coordinators was appropriate. Dental hygienists were reported as the most suitable occupation for dental infection control (90.9%), and 92.6% of the respondents said that a training course for dental infection-control coordinators was necessary.Conclusions: This study summarized the main tasks of dental infection-control coordinators. The findings in this study suggest that it is necessary to establish a curriculum for dental infection-control coordinators. In addition, more specific standards are required for dental infection-control coordinators.

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