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Dental Trauma Management by New York City School Nurses

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge and ability of school nurses in NYC to manage and properly treat traumatic dental injuries.

Methods: A survey questionnaire was sent to 160 randomly selected public schools and 40 randomly selected private schools in New York City. The questionnaire consisted of 24 multipart questions regarding background, personal experience, and knowledge of dental trauma.

Results: Seventy-four percent (74%) of the nurses rated their confidence in handling dental trauma in the middle range on a scale from 1 to 10. Sixty-two percent (62%) of nurses knew liquid was the optimal transportation method of an avulsed tooth; however, 52% of participants responded incorrectly that it was not appropriate to replant an avulsed permanent tooth. Ninety percent of nurses surveyed were interested in receiving further education in the management of dental trauma.

Conclusion: This survey indicates that a gap of knowledge exists in the ability of school nurses to handle dental trauma.
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Keywords: DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION; DENTAL TRAUMA; SCHOOL HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Private practice in Queens, NY, USA. [email protected] 2: Department of Dentistry, North Bronx Healthcare Network, Bronx, NY, USA 3: Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA 4: New York University, New York, NY, USA 5: Pediatric dentist in private practice, Paramus, NJ, USA

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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