Dentistry where there is no Dentist: A retrospective analysis of urgent dental care reported through the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit (BASMU), 2015 – 2020
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AIM: To evaluate the nature of dental related morbidity in British Antarctic Survey (BAS) deployed personnel, and to compare the findings to those in other deployed population groups. Additional aims include outlining the evidence-based approach to further developing a training programme for non-dentists, to manage dental emergencies. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of dental morbidity between 2015 - 2020 reported through the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit (BASMU) database of dental reported morbidity recorded by deployed medical officers. RESULTS: Analysis and comparison of dental morbidity in deployed personnel to austere environments revealed similarity, in that relatively minor conditions led to the most significant number of presentations for personnel seeking dental advice when deployed. CONCLUSIONS: Dental morbidity for deployed personnel in austere conditions can present with a range of symptoms from relatively minor to severe. Use of best evidence to configure training packages to likely presentations, may limit likelihood of necessitating evacuation from remote locations, or limit morbidity when evacuation is not feasible.
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