Improving baseline serological investigations for dental workers at specialized dental center
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Objective: Serological tests for dental workers have been suggested by different international agencies to ensure the safety of dental practitioners and, subsequently, their patients. In our organization, the percentage of dental workers who underwent serological tests was low (26%).
Material and Methods: An intervention was designed using three sequential PDSA cycles to test changes proposed by team members. The percentage of dental workers who underwent these tests was used as the measure.
Results: During the project period, the percentage of dental workers who underwent serological tests within nine months increased from 24% to 87%. Amongst the three interventions, the final one exhibited the most prominent change leading to major improvement.
Conclusion: Serological tests are essential investigational data used to ensure the safety of dental workers, which subsequently also enhances patient safety. Further interventions are highly recommended to maximize the number of dental workers who undergo serological investigation.
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