Preparedness of dental clinics for medical emergencies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Al-Hassan, Mona
AlQahtani, Sakher
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2019
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Aim: To assess knowledge, training of dental staff and the availability of emergency drugs and equipment in dental clinics, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Methods: Cross-sectional survey was conducted in a random sample (N: 325) of governmental and private clinics in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, between June-December 2016. Questions included Dentist’s specialty, age, years of experience, knowledge and preparedness to handle ME (level of training, types of emergency drugs and equipment available). Results: One dentist from each clinic filled the questionnaire (100% of the sample), 19% of whom were general dentists. Medical history is taken orally by 86% of respondents before dental treatment and 12% take vital signs every visit. Of the surveyed clinics, 30% didn’t have emergency contact numbers available, 78% didn’t have an emergency protocol and only 54% have a medical emergency plan with 11% performing periodic office emergency drills. The most available emergency drug and equipment were Aspirin (53%) and Sphygmomanometer (86%). Oxygen delivery device was not available in 90% of the surveyed clinics. Conclusion: There is an alarming inadequacy of clinic/staff preparation to deal with ME. Efforts should be made to increase the awareness of dentists to take needed precautions and prepare their clinics.

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Saudi Dental Journal

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31

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1

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© The Author(s) 2019. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License, which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.

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Dentistry

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Life Sciences & Biomedicine

Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine

Medical emergencies

Dental clinics

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Al-Hassan, M; AlQahtani, S, Preparedness of dental clinics for medical emergencies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Dental Journal, 2019, 31 (1), pp. 115-121

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