Dental trauma related to orotracheal intubation: knowledge assessment survey
Objectives: Orotracheal intubation is a commonly used procedure in general anaesthesia or resuscitation. This survey was conducted to assess the knowledge of medical personnel concerning dental trauma occurring during orotracheal intubation, to reveal their attitudes when a risk of dental trauma is identified before intubation, and their behaviour when these lesion occurred.
Methods: Methods: This is a descriptive survey based on a questionnaire distributed in different public or private medical services. It seeks each person qualified to practice intubation.
Results: Results: According to this survey, if a risk of dental trauma is detected before intubation, 42% of the practitioners declare to change the intubation technique, 11.2% will take the dentist opinion and 11.2% will use tooth protectors. When dental fracture occurred, 75.8% of practitioners will retain the fractured fragment for possible dental management. The dentist opinion during surgery would be requested by 17.7% practitioners, the rest (11.3%) will throw the fractured fragment. The answers report that 59.7% of traumatized patients did not show any complaint, 27.4% protested but they did not ask for compensation, 3.2% protested and asked for compensation and 8.1 % lodged a complaint with the court.
Conclusions: Conclusions: Dental trauma is miniaturized by operators. Operators' knowledge of the dental injuries management is limited.