Published: 2022-09-23

A scoping review protocol for the use of luminescent markers as a novel technique for teaching infection control

Surabhi Shukla-Raval, Zac Morse


Background: Globally, infection prevention and control has become a very topical matter with the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, the need for improved teaching in this area is essential. Fluorescent markers, as a novel visual tooth tool, could be useful in infection control education. The review will focus on scoping 1) the role of luminescent markers in infection control, 2) current products used in the visual observation of contaminant spread, and 3) the use of luminescent markers as an educational tool for infection control. 

Methods: This scoping review protocol was created in conformance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systemic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Medline, CINAHL and Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source electronic database searches will be conducted via EBSCO, while Scopus, Google, and Google Scholar searches will be carried out independently. A narrative description of the synthesised and significant characteristics from the sources in the data chart will be presented. Gaps in the literature will be identified.

Conclusions: This review will provide a broad scoping of information sources on the use of luminescent markers as a novel technique for teaching infection control. It will provide practical implications and identify gaps in the literature which could guide future research.


Cross infection, COVID-19 pandemic, Glo germ, Infection control education, Luminescent tagging, Systematic review

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