Knowledge and Experience About Medical Emergencies among Dental Interns In Bangalore City
INTRODUCTION: Medical emergencies are very frequent in dental setting. It is imperative to judiciously manage these situation in clinical setting. Having correct knowledge about the medical emergencies and the management methods are crucial successful clinical practice.
AIM: To assess the knowledge and experience about medical Emergencies among Dental interns in Bangalore City.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted among 350 dental Interns from sixteen dental colleges in Bangalore City using a structured questionnaire consisting of 14 item questions.
RESULTS: Syncope being the most commonly encountered medical emergency (79.14%), followed by hypoglycaemia(17.14%). About 49.71% respondents considered medical emergency training was moderate. 98% of them think that medical emergencies training is important. Knowledge of the presence of drugs and equipments in the emergency drug kit and the confidence with regard to using them was not satisfactory.
CONCLUSION: Dental graduates had a superficial knowledge of management of medical emergencies and use of drugs and equipments.