Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Related to Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office among Dental Practitioners in Chikkaballapur District, Karnataka
Introduction: A medical emergency is a sudden and unexpected onset of illness or injury that is acute and poses an immediate risk to a patient’s life. Such emergencies are likely to occur within the confines of the dental office. Dental practitioners should possess the knowledge to identify and manage a potentially life‑threatening situation. Hence the present study was conducted to assess Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice related to the Management of Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office among Dental Practitioners in Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka.
Methods: A pretested questionnaire was created on Google forms and the link to the questionnaire was sent to the dental practitioners in the Chikkaballapur district. Reminders were sent to the subjects at regular intervals to fill the questionnaire and a total of 251 responded.
Results: Among the 251 participating dentists 55.8 % of respondents were trained in the BLS program and 46.2% were trained in the intravenous administration of drugs. 61% of the respondents were confident in handling a medical emergency in the dental office. 92.8% of the respondents felt that basic life support programs should be a part of continuing dental education.
Conclusion: The study showed that basic knowledge regarding the management of medical emergencies and dealing with the same was satisfactory among the study subjects. Also, there is a need to emphasize more training in medical emergencies through workshops and continuing dental education.