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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 6 ( November-December, 2014 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Availability of Emergency Drugs and Equipment in General and Specialist Dental Settings in Babol, Iran

Mahtab Hamzeh, Mohammad Mehdizadeh, Kamran Nosrati

Citation Information : Hamzeh M, Mehdizadeh M, Nosrati K. Availability of Emergency Drugs and Equipment in General and Specialist Dental Settings in Babol, Iran. J Contemp Dent Pract 2014; 15 (6):677-680.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1598

Published Online: 01-12-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

Medical emergencies can frequently happen in dental settings and it is critical to outfit the clinic by emergency drugs and equipment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the emergency drugs and equipment in general and specialist dental settings in Babol, Iran.

Materials and methods

A questionnaire containing closed ended questions about the available emergency drugs and equipment was used in this descriptive-analytical study. Data were subjected to descriptive analysis using SPSS 18.0 to identify the most frequent drugs and equipment. Chi-square and t-test were used to evaluate the correlation between the variables. p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results

One hundred and twelve dentists answered the questionnaire. The most available drug and equipment were epinephrine (67%) and single use syringe (81.3%) respectively. Significant correlation was found between degree of education and availability of first group of emergency drugs and between sex and possession of second group of emergency equipment (p < 0.05).

Conclusion

Degree of availability of emergency drugs and equipment was moderate to low and training about emergencies should be included in the didactic topics of universities and workshops.

Clinical significance

Information about emergency drug and equipment would help to manage the unwanted emergency situations.

How to cite this article

Mehdizadeh M, Nosrati K, Hamzeh M. Availability of Emergency Drugs and Equipment in General and Specialist Dental Settings in Babol, Iran. J Contemp Dent Pract 2014;15(6):677-680.


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