Investigation Of Student Injuries And Post-Injury Behaviors In The First Two Years Of Preclinical Dental Education

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Buldur M., Öztürk H.

Selcuk Dental Journal, vol.9, no.1, pp.21-29, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.15311/selcukdentj.832866
  • Journal Name: Selcuk Dental Journal
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.21-29
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Background: The attitudes and behaviors of students after their injuries in preclinical education in the faculties of dentistry are very important in terms of blood-borne diseases and infection risks. For this reason, this study aimed to determine the injuries experienced by dentistry students in preclinical courses in detail and to determine their post-injury behaviors. Methods: The study was conducted on students who completed their first and second education years. The surveys we prepared were conducted anonymously by sending to the volunteer participants via "Google Forms". In the surveys, we questioned the types of injuries they experienced in the courses; the materials that caused the injury; the number of injuries; the time period of the course and in which preclinical training course the injuries occurred; and their behaviors after injury and their reasons. In the study, information (n) and (%) were given as descriptive statistics of the data. In the analysis of the relationship between two categorical variables, Pearson ChiSquare analysis was applied when the sample size assumption was met, and Fisher's Exact test was applied when the sample size assumption was not met. Analyzes were carried out in IBM SPSS 25 program. Results: 66% of the students (n=87) stated that they were injured at least once in pre-clinical courses. The most common injuries were cutting-penetrating (72.9%) due to the use of dental spatula and injury from direct fire source (59.4%) in the first-year students. Dental wires (96%) dental explorer (78%) and burning injuries with hot dental wax (64%) resulted in high rates of students who completed the second year. 87.5% of the students who completed their second year stated that they were injured mostly in the preclinical education courses of Prosthodontics. It was found that only 24 % of the students reported all their injuries. Conclusion: The high injury rates in our study revealed the inability of the students to use cutting-penetrating tools and laboratory materials safely. In addition, their attitudes and behaviors after injuries showed that blood-borne diseases and cross-infection knowledge were insufficient. In order to take precautions in these issues, students must be educated before preclinical courses