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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 646-653

Knowledge of emergency management of orofacial trauma among physical education students - A questionnaire survey


1 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Community Dentistry, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, India
2 Former Professor and Head, Dept. of Community Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India

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S R Uma
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Community Dentistry, Government Dental College and Research Institute, Bengaluru
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Objectives: To assess the knowledge of emergency management of orofacial trauma among physical education students of Bengaluru university. Methodology: A cross sectional descriptive questionnaire survey was undertaken to assess the knowledge of emergency management of orofacial trauma among all the available physical education trainees undergoing Bachelors in Physical education course (II year) in the colleges under Bengaluru university. Questions regarding mild to complicated orofacial trauma were included to evaluate the knowledge of the students in management of such injuries. Results: Among the 251 subjects, 209 were males and 42 were females. 210 (83.7%) had undergone first aid training. 195 (77.7%) of them felt that immediate treatment of a broken tooth was necessary. 156 (62.1%) of them were aware of the immediate action to be taken in case of a bleeding lip injury. When asked about the identification of permanent tooth 139 (54.9%) identified it wrongly and 113 (45.1%) of the respondents identified it correctly. For an avulsion injury, only 63 (25.1%) of them chose the correct action. 230 (91.6%) felt that information on emergency management of trauma was necessary, only 21 (8.4%) thought it was not important. Conclusion: Present study shows that the knowledge of the students was substantially good in managing injuries but there was significantly very low knowledge of management of an avulsed tooth.


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