March 3, 2019

UK haemophilia centre staff unclear about dentistry guidance

UK staff involved in the treatment of haemophilia know about guidelines for management during dental procedures but not much about what’s in them or how to apply them to assess risk, say dentists (Spec Care Dentist. 2019 Feb 17. doi: 10.1111/scd.12359).

They sent questionnaires to 180 staff working in 60 UK centres, of whom 41 responded (23%). Of those who replied, 87% said they knew about management guidelines covering dental procedures but only about one-third could correctly apply the recommendations in model clinical scenarios. The study’s authors say there was a tendency to overprescribe systemic haemostatic measures relative to the estimated bleeding risk.