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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 163-169

Knowledge and awareness about preanesthetic evaluation for performing procedures under general anesthesia among dental students - A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Kanamarlapudi Venkata Saikiran
Department of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpdtsm.jpdtsm_41_22

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BACKGROUND: Lack of knowledge on preanesthetic evaluation before any general anesthesia (GA) procedures will lead to uncertainty in the outcome of the surgery. Hence, the present study aimed to evaluate the knowledge and awareness about preanesthetic evaluation for performing procedures under GA among dental graduates. METHODS: A 13-item questionnaire was prepared from the standardized method using focus group discussion. The questionnaires were sent to 1020 students (508 house surgeons, 512 postgraduates) through the registered E-mail address and WhatsApp as a Google form link. We received 246 responses at the end of 2 weeks, and finally, 509 responses were received at the end of 4 weeks. The data from the responses were collected, and descriptive analysis was done using a Microsoft Excel sheet (Version 2016). A Chi-square test was performed to compare the responses from house surgeons and postgraduates. RESULTS: A total of 523 responses out of 1020 were received within a period of 4 weeks. From this, 14 responses were excluded from the final analysis due to repeated responses and the final analysis was done using 509 responses (270 postgraduates [53%] and 239 house surgeons [47%]). More than half of the participants had insufficient knowledge regarding preanesthetic evaluation. CONCLUSION: The knowledge and awareness were good among the dental postgraduate students compared to house surgeons but implementing that in practice was relatively negligible. Therefore, understanding the importance of preanesthetic evaluation can help the students to reduce potential risk and improves the quality of life among the patients.


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