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Handwashing And Disinfection Methods For Michigan Optometrists.

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dc.contributor.author Barth, Tara Rae
dc.contributor.author Potter, Katherine Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-22T19:30:10Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-22T19:30:10Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2323/4231
dc.description This paper is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Optometry. 26 pages. en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose. Contamination of equipment and spread of microorganisms are often overlooked as occupational hazards for optometrists and their patients. It is important to identify the potential spread of microorganisms between the doctor and patient. This can be through an absence of hand washing as well as improper disinfection of instruments. This study will uncover hand washing techniques used by practicing optometrists, as well as educate the readers on the importance of decreasing the spread of microorganisms. Methods. A survey taken by optometrists belonging to the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA) has been conducted. This survey gathered information about the techniques used to wash their hands during a routine exam and methods of equipment disinfection. Results. The surveys will be analyzed to determine what current standard of hand washing and disinfection techniques are considered acceptable within this group, and the familiarity this group has regarding proper hand washing guidelines described by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To what extent the guidelines are followed by these individuals will also be examined. Conclusions.This research will emphasize the importance of proper disi~ection in a variety of optometric settings and help promote the CDC antiseptic guidelines. This information will benefit both optometrists and their patients by reviewing the proper hand washing procedures and pointing out common areas of noncompliance. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries UA 29;
dc.subject Nash, James. Faculty advisor. en_US
dc.title Handwashing And Disinfection Methods For Michigan Optometrists. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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