A Survey on Knowledge of Medical Emergencies and Its Management among the Under-Graduate (UG) Clinical Students of a Dental College in Pondicherry, India


  • Kuldeep Singh Shekhawat
  • Sivakumar Beena




Medical Emergency, Dental practice, Basic life support, Emergency medicine, Health care provider


Introduction: Dentist can encounter a medical emergency during any phase of the dental treatment. It is
essential for the clinician to accurately identify and manage a life threatening situation in patients undergoing
dental treatment. The aim of the present study is to assess the knowledge on medical emergencies and its
management among dental clinical students of a dental college in Pondicherry.
Materials and Methods: A retrospective questionnaire study was conducted among 135 under-graduate
(UG) students to assess their knowledge on various medical emergency conditions and its management from
their level of perception in clinical postings.
Results: The overall knowledge regarding identification and management of medical emergencies among
the study population was found to be inadequate.
Conclusion: Every dentist must be prepared for an emergency and believing it can be a real possibility
is of paramount importance. It cannot be completely prevented but efficiently managed with appropriate
knowledge of signs, symptoms and management techniques.

Author Biographies

Kuldeep Singh Shekhawat

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Venkateshwara Dental College, Ariyur, UT of
Pondicherry, India

Sivakumar Beena

Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Meenakshi Ammal Dental
College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India