Treatment delays in paediatric dento-alveolar trauma at a tertiary referral hospital

Batstone, M. D., Waters, C., Porter, S. A. T. and Monsour, F. N. T. (2004) Treatment delays in paediatric dento-alveolar trauma at a tertiary referral hospital. Australian Dental Journal, 49 1: 28-32. doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.2004.tb00046.x

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Author Batstone, M. D.
Waters, C.
Porter, S. A. T.
Monsour, F. N. T.
Title Treatment delays in paediatric dento-alveolar trauma at a tertiary referral hospital
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2004.tb00046.x
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 49
Issue 1
Start page 28
End page 32
Total pages 5
Editor PM Bartold
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Australian Dental Assoc Inc`
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
320899 Dentistry not elsewhere classified
730112 Oro-dental and disorders
Abstract Background: Paediatric dento-alveolar trauma is a common event. Delays in treatment can have adverse effects on long term outcomes and the aim of this study was to quantify the treatment delays in paediatric dento-alveolar trauma in a tertiary referral hospital. Methods: All cases of paediatric dento-alveolar trauma over a two-year period from July 2000 to June 2002 were identified and the charts were reviewed retrospectively. All children presenting the emergency department with dento-alveolar trauma within 48 hours of injury during the time period were included. Results: Forty-three patients were identified. The average age was 5.51 years, though there was a bias towards one and two year olds. Males were injured 1.5 times more frequently than females. There was an average delay of 9.6 hours between injury and treatment for all patients. Transit time from outside practitioners to hospital and waiting times in hospital made up the greatest delays. Children injured an average of 2.37 teeth and only 14 per cent were uncomplicated crown fractures. Conclusions: Children who present to children's hospitals for treatment of dento-alveolar trauma have more severe injuries than those treated elsewhere. They have large but potentially reducible delays between injury and treatment.
Keyword Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
Dental Trauma
Oral Trauma
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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