The management of antibiotic prophylaxed (ABX) patients at an educational institution was evaluated to identify areas for improvement. Management criteria, reflecting guidelines to prevent oral-induced hematogenous microbial seeding, were pretested and applied to 1,225 record entries of eighty-five patients needing ABX for dental treatment between 1991 and 1996. Seven hundred twenty-two of the visits had 857 management or documentation problems, including no documentation indicating whether or not patients premedicated (n = 281); incomplete, insufficient, or repeated treatment (n = 214); and preventive concerns (n = 172), among others. The proportion of providers' patient visits with one or more management problems differed significantly (p < 0.001) by provider type, as did the distribution of problem categories (documentation, treatment, preventive, and scheduling concerns p < 0.001; compliance issues p < 0.005). Fifty-one percent of postgraduates' and 39 percent of faculty's record entries omitted patients' ABX status. Improved documentation, outcome measures, and patient, faculty and student education are indicated.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of dental education|
|State||Published - Apr 2000|
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