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Microbial contamination of dental radiology equipment

Hussin, Akbar Sham and Ramli, Mohd Fauzan and Yusoff, Azizah (2009) Microbial contamination of dental radiology equipment. International Medical Journal , 16 (3). pp. 169-173. ISSN 1341-2051

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Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the quantity of colony forming units of microbial contamination present on the high touch areas of dental radiology equipment. Methodology: Swabs were taken from 4 high touch areas of the dental radiology equipment on 6 days. The swabs were sent to the laboratory in the transport medium(Broth Medium)and incubated for 48 hours at 37 °C, before being smeared on the nutrient and blood agar media for isolation of microorganisms for 72 hours at 37 °C. Quantification of Colony Forming Units (CFU) was undertaken to determine the quantity of microbial contamination. Results: All the high touch areas on the dental radiology equipment showed high CFU counts. The median (IQR) values between the 4 high touch areas of equipment were not significantly different for both the nutrient and blood agars. (NA P = 0.168, BA P = 0.270). Surface disinfection produced decreased microbial contamination. Conclusion: The results demonstrated the presence of high levels of bacterial contamination of the high touch areas of dental radiology equipment without proper disinfection.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5769/18631
Uncontrolled Keywords: microbial contamination, high touch areas, dental radiology equipment
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Depositing User: Mdm. Wahidah Mohd Zain
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 09:22
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2012 16:04
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/18631

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