Knowledge, Attitude, and Perceived Confidence in the Management of Medical Emergencies in Dental Clinics: A Survey among Dental Professionals
Aims and objectives: Life-threatening emergencies can occur at anytime, anywhere, and in anyone. Effective management of an emergency in the dental office is ultimately the dentist’s responsibility. Lack of training and inability to overcome medical emergencies can lead to serious consequences and legal actions. The study aims to investigate and assess the knowledge, attitude, and perceived confidence of dental professionals in the management of medical emergencies Materials and methods: A Self -administered questionnaire was distributed to 115 random dental professionals of various years of working experience. The questionnaire consisted of sixteen questions to assess the knowledge and awareness regarding syncope, CPR, measuring vital signs, etc. Results: 115 responses were obtained in the study. Eighty three percent and 48% of the participants inquired about the medical history and vital signs before dental treatment, respectively. Only 37% of participants were confident to handle a medical emergency in the dental office. 49% knew the correct location of chest compression and 29% were familiar with the right compression ventilation ratio. Conclusion: Participants were lacking confidence in handling medical emergencies even though the majority of the medical history of the patient. Most of the dentists are not attached to a hospital or a medical institution making them less confident in taking up medically compromised cases. Most of the participants are not trained in basic life support. Annual basic support and emergency courses should be mandatory in the dental teaching curriculum.