The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice

Register      Login

SEARCH WITHIN CONTENT

FIND ARTICLE

Volume / Issue

Online First

Archive
Related articles

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

RESEARCH ARTICLE

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: 01-12-2014

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


Abstract

Aims

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.

Results

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).

Conclusion

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.

How to cite this article

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.


PDF Share
  1. Medical emergencies in dental practice in the Fiji Islands. Pac Health Dialog 2004;11(1):55-58.
  2. Brazilian dentists’ attitudes about medical emergencies during dental treatment. J Dent Educ 2010;74(6):661-666.
  3. Preparing the dental office for medical emergencies. Dent Clin North Am 2008;52(3):605-608.
  4. The nature and frequency of medical emergencies among patients in a dental school setting. J Dent Educ 2010;74(4):392-396.
  5. Management priorities and treatment strategies for medical emergencies in the dental office. Dent Clin North Am 1999;43(3):401-419.
  6. Prevalence of emergency events in British dental practice and emergency management skills of British dentists. Resuscitation 1999;41(2):159-167.
  7. Medical emergencies: the experience of staff of a UK dental teaching hospital. Br Dent J 2000;188(6):320-324.
  8. Preparedness for management of medical emergencies among dentists in Udupi and Mangalore, India. J Contemp Dent Pract 2008;9(5):92-99.
  9. Evaluation of knowledge and experience of dentists of São Paulo State, Brazil about cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Braz Dent J 2003;14(3):220-222.
  10. Medical emergencies in dental practice and choice of emergency drugs and equipment: a survey of Australian dentists. Aust Dent J 1997;42(2):103-108.
  11. The readiness of New Zealand general dental practitioners for medical emergencies. NZ Dent J 2001;97(429):82-86.
  12. Occurrence rate of medical emergencies in dental offices of Isfahan. Scientific J IR Iran Med Council [Summary in English]. 2007;25:198-205.
  13. Comparison of dental health data obtained from questionnaires, interviews and clinical examination. Scand J Dent Res 1972;80(6):495-499.
  14. Validity of a questionnaire survey: the role of non-response and incorrect answers. Acta Odontol Scand 1999;57(5):242-246.
  15. Isfahan Dentists’ Readiness for Medical Emergencies: Their knowledge and Access to Necessary Equipments. Iranian J Med Educ [Summary in English] 2005;5(2):51-57.
  16. Prevalence emergency events and the kinds of drugs and emergency equipment in Tabriz dental offices in 1381. Beheshti Univ Dent J [Summary in English]. 2005;23(3):484-493.
  17. Medical emergencies in general dental practice in Great Britain. Part 3: Perceptions of training and competence of GDPs in their management. Br Dent J 1999;186(5):234-237.
  18. Evaluation of emergency equipment and drugs in Karaj urban dental clinics and the ability of dentists to use them. J Islamic Dent Assoc Iran [Summary in English]. 2005;17(2):105-110.
  19. A state-wide survey of medical emergency management in dental practices: incidence of emergencies and training experience. Emerg Med J 2008;25(5):296-300.
  20. Personal health promotion at US medical schools: a quantitative study and qualitative description of deans’ and students’ perceptions. BMC Med Educ 2004;4(1):29.
  21. Oral health and its determinants among Mongolian dentists. Acta Odontol Scand 2004;62(1):1-6.
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.