Infection prevention and control in dental surgeries in the Pará state prison system in Brazil


      • Serious deficiencies in the infection prevention and control procedures were observed.
      • Inadequate operating conditions for dental healthcare workers.
      • Urgent need to institute improvements in in the Pará state prison system.
      Prison populations have higher levels of bloodborne viruses with consequently higher risks of cross-infection. This study assessed infection prevention and occupational hazards in prison dental surgeries in the Brazilian state of Pará. Investigations were undertaken by a single examiner in 11 prison clinics. Manual washing of instruments with no detergents and dry heat sterilization were the main instrument decontamination methods used. Most surgeries had insufficient instruments for daily clinical work requirements. Half of dentists interviewed worked single-handed with no documented policies or health and safety procedures.

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