International Journal Of Community Health And Medical Research (IJCHMR)
Volume 3 Issue 3 July - Sep 2017
|EVALUATION OF AWARENESS OF FIRST AID OF AVULSED TOOTH AMONG PHYSICIANS AND NURSES OF HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS: A SHORT SURVEY|
|Arpitha Kotha , Y. Vijay Kumar, Vedati Prathima, B. Pratibha, Ankitha. CH|
Introduction: Traumatic injuries of teeth and their supporting structures have been one of the most important oral health problems in children. Apart from these serious outcomes of dental trauma, Loss of specially anterior teeth can be more psychologically distressing for both the child and parents as well. The prognosis of traumatized teeth depends on prompt and appropriate treatment. In the emergency care and hospital, physicians and nurses are the first responders to provide primary treatment in such cases. Aim: The study was undertaken to assess and evaluate the knowledge of the physicians and nurses hospital emergency departments on the management of Traumatic dental injuries specially avulsed tooth. Material And Methods: this is a cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey conducted in 15 emergency departments of the hospital. The survey included close-ended 20 multiple-choice questions involving 15 questions on basic knowledge about dental avulsion and 5 questions on case-based scenarios to assess the awareness and readiness to address the situation. Results: we reported 100% response rate from the participants. Results showed lack of knowledge in both physicians and nurses. There was confusion regarding reimplantation, storage/transport media and handling of avulsed tooth. they all showed interest in requirement of knowledge based seminars to gain knowledge regarding such emergencies. Conclusion: As we know that dental avulsions or emergency injuries can cause serious consequences if not handled properly, thus it is not just the responsibility of a dentist but also the general physicians and various health care providers to have a knowledge regarding proper handling of these emergencies. thus proper educational lectures and seminars should be provided to them as well thus raising overall standard of emergency care. Key words: Avulsed tooth, reimplantation, traumatic injury.
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