Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Sudanese Orthopaedic Registrars Towards Intra-Operative Radiation Protection
Keywords:Intra-Operative, Radiation, Protection
Orthopaedic surgeons are at higher and increasing risk of radiation exposureduring fluoroscopically guided procedures. However, this risk can be decreased by adherence to standard radiation protection precautions and by better knowledge and practice during exposure. To assess the level of Knowledge , attitudes , and practice towards intra-operative radiation protection among the rotating Sudanese orthopaedic surgery registrars . Knowledge Attitude and Practice Survey:The questionnaire was handed to all (67) previously identified orthopaedic surgery registrars enrolled in Sudan Medical Specialization Board training program . Questionnaires were filled . Most of orthopaedic surgery trainees did not adhere to radiation protection principles .Only fifteen (24.6%) , twelve ( 19.7%), and seven registrars (11.5%) have accepted level of knowledge, attitude, and practice towards intra-operative radiation protection respectively after categorization according to their achieved scores. There is a significant relationship between radiation protection workshop attendance and level of knowledge , attitude ; and practice with P value 0.0003 , 0.004 , and 0.0000 respectively . only 6.6% of the registrars attend a workshop of this concern . Also those who read a literature about radiation protection have a better knowledge with P value 0.0000 , attitude with P value 0.0000 . Their practice to lesser extent better than those not reading an article regarding radiation protection at all with P value 0.1010 .Only 19.7% of the registrars who read such literature . This study showed low levels of Knowledge , Attitude , and Practices among the Sudanese orthopaedic surgery registrars in protecting themselves against intra-operative radiation protection .Most of the registrars neither read about radiation protection nor attended a workshop .
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