Journal article

Reporting dental trauma and its inclusion in an injury surveillance system in Victoria, Australia

KM Dang, PF Day, H Calache, R Tham, P Parashos

AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study investigated the frequency, patterns and causes of dental trauma in patients seeking emergency treatment at a dental hospital, and evaluated the impact of an electronic structured injury history form to collect key information. METHODS: A retrospective audit was undertaken of all emergency presentations at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne from 2009 to 2012. Dental trauma and injury surveillance data were collected and evaluated with reference to the criteria of the Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset. Statistical analysis included chi-squared and Fisher's exact tests. RESULTS: A total of 88,610 new emergency courses of care were created, with 3642 (4.1%) identifi..

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