|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 2047
Dental nurse role in operatory during and post pandemic outbreak of COVID-19
Data Manager, Department of Research and Development, Bristol Myers Squibb, New Jersey, USA
|Date of Submission||30-Oct-2020|
|Date of Decision||02-Dec-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||02-Dec-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||31-May-2021|
Dr. Rishitha Sajja
Data Manager, Department of Research and Development, Bristol Myers Squibb, New Jersey
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Sajja R. Dental nurse role in operatory during and post pandemic outbreak of COVID-19. J Family Med Prim Care 2021;10:2047
I read the article published “Evaluating the effect of nurse-led telephone follow-ups (tele-nursing) on the anxiety levels in people with coronavirus” with great interest. The current COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive impact all around the world. Initially, the disease pathology was considered not significant due to the unavailability of information regarding modes of transmission and disease pathogenesis. The impact of the virus varies with the age and health status of the infected person. Initially, the signs and symptoms were related to common flu, but owing to the increased mortality, the world health organization (WHO) and centers disease and prevention control (CDC) have proposed the fatality of the infection, modes of transmission, signs and symptoms and methods to prevent the contact with the virus. Based on the available literature, the early symptoms include fever, a dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath leading to trouble in breathing, mucus, or phlegm in bronchial secretions with fatigue, body aches, and loss of appetite being the additive symptoms. WHO and CDC have proposed the mode of transmission of infection is mainly due to contact of the aerosols from an infected person. Due to the droplet spread and increasing fatality, there is a lot of fear and anxiety to treat patients in the dental clinic, as dental operatory is where contact with infected persons is deemed very close., Hence, there are many questions about how to manage patients in the dental operatory. How to deal with the aerosols that are most common with simple to complex dental procedures? WHO, OSHA, CDC have proposed guidelines to manage dental operatory most effectively. In the available literature and recent articles, we have seen many recommendations, knowledge, and doctors' perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Do we know how a dental nurse practitioner and front-line worker manage to provide the utmost care and the risk they incur to facilitate infection free treatment? We need to understand how the dental nurses and front-line health workers in a dental clinic prepare to prioritize patient appointments based on emergency. The checklist they go through before scheduling an appointment, the rules and regulations to be followed during and post-treatment. There is no doubt that teledentistry could be a possible solution for better and safe practice in dentistry., The dental nurse has a crucial role in the dental operatory, and it is challenging to perform dental treatment without the help of a dental nurse. The concept of a four-handed dentistry protocol established the role of dental nurse in dental practice. Moreover, the concept of telenursing could defiantly useful in the dental operator, and this aid would benefit both the dental practitioner and patient.
Author would like to thank Dentalwriteups team for their help in preparing manuscript.
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