RESEARCH ARTICLE


Perspectives of Dental Practitioners Regarding Their Readiness for Medical Emergencies: A Study in Saudi Arabia



Louay Jaber1, Faisal Al-Qarni2, *, Mohammed Alsaati3, Mohammed Al-Nefaiee4, Ashwin C. Shetty5, Sami Shaban6, Rima Zarka7, Azzam Aljundi8, Baraa Jaber9
1 College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Substitutive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
3 King Fahad Hospital of the University, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
4 King Fahd Military Medical Complex, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
5 College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
6 Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, AlAin, United Arab Emirates
7 College of Dentistry, AlFarabi Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
8 College of Dentistry, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
9 Institute for Research & Medical Consultations, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Substitutive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia; E-mail: fdalqarni@iau.edu.sa


Abstract

Background:

Training dental practitioners on emergency preparedness and response is essential for the successful management of medical emergencies.

Objectives:

To assess the perceptions of dental practitioners in Saudi Arabia about their readiness to manage medical emergencies in the dental practices.

Methods:

This cross-sectional survey was conducted among dental practitioners working in 52 dental centers in Saudi Arabia. Questionnaires mainly gathered data on the measures taken by dental practitioners to prevent medical emergencies, BLS certification, availability of essential drugs and equipment, and perceptions of dental practitioners regarding the adequacy of their training for medical emergencies.

Results:

Of the total 270 participants, the majority reported that they take medical history (94%), perform visual inspection (90%), consult with patients’ physician when needed (89%), and modify treatment plan as necessary (94%). However, only 19% of them routinely take baseline vital signs for their patients and 52.6% have valid BLS certification. Only 29.6% and 16.3% of dental practitioners have reported that they have all essential drugs and equipment, respectively.

Conclusion:

The preventive measures for medical emergency appears to be deficient because most dental practitioners are not routinely taking baseline vital signs for their patients. This important issue is combined with shortage of BLS certification among dental practitioners and inadequate availability of all medical emergency drugs and equipment in dental practices.

Keywords: Dental practitioners, Emergencies, Medical, Perception, Readiness, Drug.