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
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..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge with gratitude the statistical support of Ms Rachel Sore of the Statistical Consulting Centre, The University of Melbourne; the financial support of the Melbourne Dental School and the administrative staff and students of the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.