December 2005, Volume 35 Number 12 , p 88 - 88
PENCE, CATHERINE RN, CCRN, MSN; McERLANE, KIMBERLY RN, CNS, MSN
Assistant Professor, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky. (PENCE) Assistant Professor of Nursing, Miami University, Hamilton, Ohio. (McERLANE) Figure. No caption available.
YOU'RE WATCHING your daughter's softball game when the coach, knowing you're a nurse, runs up, shouting, “Susan's tooth has been knocked out!” The child, 10, is standing in the batter's box with blood oozing from her mouth. One of her upper front teeth is missing; you find it lying on the ground.
What's the situation?
Susan, your daughter's teammate, was hit in the mouth with a softball while at bat. The avulsed tooth is contaminated with dirt. However, with prompt and proper handling, it should be salvageable.
What's your assessment?
Susan's avulsed tooth is a permanent tooth, so reimplantation is a priority. A primary tooth shouldn't be reimplanted because it could damage the developing permanent ...