NEEDLE STICK INJURY AND HEPATITIS B VACCINATION AWARENESS AND PREVALENCE AMONG DENTAL COLLEGE STUDENTS IN RAWALPINDI
The aim of this study was to assess the awareness about the transmission of blood borne diseases through needle stick injury in dental students. A cross-sectional study was carried out on 80 final year dental students (68 females and 12 males) at the Margalla Dental College, Rawalpindi in the year 2018.A structured, self-administered questionnaire was developed by the authors and distributed amongst dental students. For assessment of good and bad knowledge, 10 questions were asked. 40% (32) students of final year were found to be exposed to needle stick injury (NSI). The number of students who had received Hepatitis B vaccination was 71.25% (57). It is evident from the result of the study that educating students about prevention and management of needle stick injury is very important and all students should be vaccinated for Hepatitis B.