Drive through the knowledge of emergency physicians towards emergency management of avulsed tooth- A cross sectional survey

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Author: 
Dr. Shweta Kajjari, Dr. Sruthi Janardhanan, Dr. Sowmya, B., Dr. Nischitha Naik and Dr. Swathi A Shetty
Subject Area: 
Health Sciences
Abstract: 

Objectives: The objective of the survey was to assess Knowledge And Attitude of Emergency Physicians Towards Emergency Management of Avulsed Tooth in Mangalore city, Karnataka, Mangalore. Materials and Methods: This was a time bound study in which approximately 40 emergency physicians had participated 12 questionnaire were distributed to medical hospital emergency physicians in Mangalore (private / public). The questionnaire gathered data on the respondent’s professional profiles, self assessed perceived knowledge and actual knowledge of emergency management of tooth avulsion. The data was stastically analyzed using chi-square test using software program SPSS 17.0. Results: 57.5% of the study group were aware of the meaning of avulsed tooth. 25 % of the physicians had responded to the ideal time for replantation of the avulsed tooth.72.5% had responded rightly to what is the best medium to preserve the tooth. 60% of the physicians had stated that the knowledge regarding emergency management of tooth avulsion was not sufficient 77.5% reported that lack of dental knowledge was the main barrier faced in promoting management of avulsed teeth. Conclusion: In the light of such results an important implication from this study revealed the lack of dental knowledge. Henceforth a Pamphlet was distributed emphasizing the detailed emergency management of avulsion. This was acknowledged positively. It is therefore Dentist responsibility to make the Physicians aware of the importance of first aid for avulsed tooth with appropriate measures.

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