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