The experience of the rigid lockdown in the dental emergency room and urgency care during COVID-19 pandemic: a transnational multicenter observational study.

Publication date: Mar 01, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on our lives all over the world. Changes have occurred in daily life as well as in all medical services. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the emergency accesses in four universities’ emergency services during the lockdown period from March to June 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. A cross-sectional study was carried out on 44,787 patients to evaluate the emergency services of university centers. The medical data of Medical Emergency Service Data (MESD) were assessed by five independent operators considering the epidemiological findings for statistics methods. A lower level of emergency access was reported in March-July compared to the pre-COVID period. The epidemiological data confirmed that female pathologies were more frequent compared to male patients. A fluctuation for almost all urgent healthcare centers was detected, showing one/two peaks per year during the years 2017-2019. The COVID-19 pandemic period did not influence the variety of pathology detected. After the lockdown period, the emergency services slowly increased in cases. The pre-COVID period showed an overlapping of the most frequent pathologies compared to the post-COVID period: periodontitis (Bari and Tirana), dental fractures (Bari and Bucharest), odontogenic abscess (Bari, Cluj and Tirana).

Concepts Keywords
Dental Communicable Disease Control
June COVID-19
Tirana Cross-Sectional Studies
Universities Emergency Service, Hospital
Female
Humans
Male
Pandemics

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH emergency
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease MESH periodontitis
disease MESH abscess
disease MESH Communicable Disease

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