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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 94-98

Knowledge and awareness of first aid of avulsed tooth among physicians and nurses of hospital emergency department


1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, SOA University, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India
2 Shree Bankey Bihari Dental College and Research Center, Masuri, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Antarmayee Panigrahi
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, SOA University, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_343_16

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Introduction: Physicians and nurses of emergency department are often the first line of qualified health-care providers attending the patient in person or parent's query over phone reporting immediately following the dental avulsion. Prompt action by them becomes the decisive factor in survival and prognosis of the tooth. Although a few researchers have evaluated knowledge of emergency room physicians, there is scanty of reports concerning nurses who play a climacteric role. Materials and Methods: A 10-item questionnaire regarding clinical situation apropos dental injury and tooth avulsion, inquiring knowledge of physicians and nurses was administered to 150 each of nursing professionals and physicians of the emergency department. Results: With 100% response rate, the data obtained was subjected to statistical analysis. Results showed lack of knowledge and confidence in both groups. About 66.7% (n = 100) nurses and 74.7% (n = 112) considered reimplantation of avulsed tooth. There was overbalanced confusion regarding storage/transport media and handling of avulsed tooth. Conclusion: The findings from the results suggested a definite inadequacy in knowledge, demanding need for appropriate training for delivering treatment with more predictability and better prognosis.


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