Author(s): Senthilnayagam K, Sivaponnappan K
METHODS A descriptive and cross-sectional study with a quantitative approach among nursing interns of second year and third year students was conducted in School of Nursing, K.A.P.V. Govt. Medical College, Trichy. Prior Permission obtained to conduct the review in school of nursing, K.A.P.V. Government Medical College, Trichy. The study period was from January 2019 to March 2019. Acknowledgment of all participants has been obtained and strict confidentiality was guaranteed to participants and maintained throughout the process of study. The total sample size was 179 female interns which represented the abovementioned college. RESULTS A total of 179 nursing interns actively participated in the study, and returned back the completed questionnaires on the same day. The first part contained about the demographic features and earlier exposure relevant to the avulsion tooth for analysis. All the respondents were female and 95% (152 nursing interns) were between the age of 18 to 21 years and 5% (8 nursing interns) were between the ages of 25 to 28 years. CONCLUSIONS Knowledge related to emergency management of tooth avulsion is important for first line health care service provider. Nursing interns in due time will be managing patients in emergency situations. Hence, dental education is needed in order to ensure suitable treatment to the patients posing with such emergencies. The present study shows the awareness in management of an avulsed tooth among nursing interns. Hence the survey was done to estimate the proper knowledge and awareness with reference to the emergency management of traumatic dental injuries among nursing interns in School of Nursing, K.A.P.V. Govt. Medical College, Trichy, with the help of a questionnaire with 12 elements with regard to clinical circumstances and awareness of dental trauma and tooth avulsion gathered from 160 intern nurses.