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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

Evaluation of knowledge, experience, and perceptions about medical emergencies among dentists in Chennai, India

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Priyadarshini Dental College and Hospital, Thiruvallur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. R Ganesh
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Priyadharshini Dental College and Hospital, Pandur, Thiruvallur, Chennai - 631 203, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijosr.ijosr_10_21

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Introduction: Dentists encounter medical emergencies in their clinics which can be life threatening. These emergencies should be treated immediately and cannot be avoided or referred, because they put the life and health of patients at risk. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate how well dentists understand medical emergency during dental treatment. The aim of this research is to evaluate the knowledge, experience, and perceptions about medical emergencies among dentists in Chennai, India. Materials and Methods: Data were collected from 50 dentists of Chennai at self-convenience using a structured questionnaire consisting of a 10-item questionnaire. The sample was selected based on certain inclusion and exclusion criteria. Inclusion criteria include postgraduates and South Chennai dentists. Exclusion criteria include students and dental assistants. Results: The study reveals that 60% of the dentists in Chennai were confidently able to deal the life-threatening emergency situations whereas 100% of the dentists have knowledge of how to manage the life-threatening emergency situations. Conclusion: Based on the above study, it can be concluded that the level of training and the level of knowledge on medical emergencies of the dentist in Chennai are good but not up to the desirable standard.

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