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Knowledge and Attitude of Emergency Physician About the Emergency Management of Tooth Avulsion


Knowledge and Attitude of Emergency Physician About the Emergency Management of Tooth Avulsion

Laila A Bahammam. BMC Oral Health.


Background: The aim of the study was to evaluate the knowledge of ER physicians with different specialties, experience and hospital sectors for the management of avulsed teeth in the emergency rooms of eight major hospitals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It also covers their attitude towards receiving further education on tooth avulsion management.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted at the emergency rooms of eight hospitals in Jeddah from August to December 2015. A self-administered questionnaire consisting of 31 multiple choice questions assessing both knowledge and attitude was distributed to 150 physicians who were working in the ER departments.

Results: Response rate was 81.33%. Data revealed that 45.9% of the respondents did not have prior knowledge about avulsion. Physicians working in military hospitals had better knowledge about the ER management of avulsion cases than physicians of public hospitals. 80.3% of participants showed willingness to replant the tooth, however, 65.3% would not do it by themselves. 42.6% of the physicians did not know the importance of extra-oral time. Milk was selected as the best transport media for avulsed tooth by 31.1% of the participants. Regarding physicians' attitude, 95.1% showed interest in receiving information about the subject.

Conclusion: This study revealed that the majority of ER physicians lack the knowledge needed to manage avulsions cases. Hence, educational programs are necessary for ER physicians to provide proper management for those cases.

Keywords: Attitude; Avulsion; Dental trauma; Emergency management; Knowledge; Physician; Traumatic dental injury.

Conflict of interest statement

Ethics approval and consent to participate

The study was ethically approved by the ethical committee, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, S.A. Reference number (#037–15).

A consent form was attached to the questionnaire explaining the purpose of the study. It was stated that the participation in survey is voluntary and anyone can choose not to participate in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty and the information provided by the participant in the questionnaire and the results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only. Also, it was mentioned in the consent that; by answering the questionnaire questions the participant is fully understand the contents of this document and is agreeing to participate in this study.

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The author declares that she has no competing interests.

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