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Medical Emergency Management among Iranian Dentists

Mohammad Reza Khami, Reza Yazdani, Mohammad Afzalimoghaddam, Samaneh Razeghi, Anahita Moscowchi

Citation Information : Khami MR, Yazdani R, Afzalimoghaddam M, Razeghi S, Moscowchi A. Medical Emergency Management among Iranian Dentists. J Contemp Dent Pract 2014; 15 (6):693-698.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1601

Published Online: 01-04-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).



More than 18,000 patients need medical emergencies management in dental offices in Iran annually. The present study investigates medical emergencies management among Iranian dentists.

Materials and methods

From the list of the cell phone numbers of the dentists practicing in the city of Tehran, 210 dentists were selected randomly. A self-administered questionnaire was used as the data collection instrument. The questionnaire requested information on personal and professional characteristics of the dentists, as well as their knowledge and selfreported practice in the field of medical emergency management, and availability of required drugs and equipments to manage medical emergencies in their offices.


Totally, 177 dentists (84%) completed the questionnaire. Less than 60% of the participants were knowledgeable about characteristics of hypoglycemic patient, chest pain with cardiac origin, and true cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) practice. Regarding practice, less than one quarter of the respondents acquired acceptable scores. In regression models, higher practice scores were significantly associated with higher knowledge scores (p < 0.001).


The results call for a need to further education on the subject for dentists. Continuing education and changing dental curriculum in the various forms seems to be useful in enhancement of the self-reported knowledge and practice of dentists.

Clinical significance

To successful control of medical emergencies in the dental office, dentists must be prepared to recognize and manage a variety of such conditions. In addition to dentist's knowledge and skill, availability of necessary equipments and trained staff is also of critical importance.

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Khami MR, Yazdani R, Afzalimoghaddam M, Razeghi S, Moscowchi A. Medical Emergency Management among Iranian Dentists. J Contemp Dent Pract 2014;15(6): 693-698.

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