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Darby Dental Supply Provides Large Shipment of Supplies

The largest all-telesales national distributor of dental merchandise, recently donated a large shipment of supplies to Physicians for Peace, a nonprofit organization that supports and empowers healthcare professionals working with the world’s underserved populations.

The contributed supplies were used to support various international programs sponsored by the nonprofit organization. Darby shipped numerous containers filled with dental and hygiene supplies including gloves, various infection control items, assorted dental materials and small operatory equipment to the Physicians for Peace headquarters located in Norfolk, VA.

In the past few months, Darby’s latest donation has helped various Physicians for Peace partners in the Dominican Republic, Malawi, the Philippines, the West Bank, and most recently, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. However, this isn’t the first shipment of supplies that Darby has donated to Physicians for Peace. Darby has been partnering with the nonprofit organization for quite some time now and has been a regular contributor, benefitting countless healthcare facilities around the world.

“We have been working with Physicians for Peace for many years now,” according to Liz Meyers, Vice President of Marketing & Purchasing for Darby Dental Supply. “This large shipment to Haiti is just the tip of the iceberg. We at Darby Dental Supply are happy to be associated with an organization such as Physicians for Peace whose members continuously support the countless dental professionals who go above and beyond in order to take care of people who may not be as fortunate.”

“We are so thankful to the staff of Darby Dental Supply who continuously supports our efforts with generous donations of oral care items,” remarked Kenneth Hudson, GIK Manager, Global Health Partners at Physicians for Peace. “When we informed Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti about the type of material we received from Darby Dental Supply they were very happy. These supplies are in great need and will be very helpful in the hospital. Without the help of donors such as Darby Dental, we would never be able to do our work. We are extremely appreciative.”

In the recent years, Darby has adopted a “think globally, act locally” philanthropic philosophy, encouraging its employees who want to help the less fortunate to make a donation to their local Red Cross chapter. Most recently, Darby employees contributed to national Red Cross efforts in order to help those affected by the recent tornado in Oklahoma.

Dental Supplies So Useful

The clinical time spent on managing dental injury and dental supplies was assessed by recording time in minutes for diagnosis and treatment. The diagnosis time included period spent taking a history, extra-oral and intra-oral examination of the child and on conducting investigations including radiographs and pulp testing for permanent teeth. The treatment time was that spent actually treating the injury. The time was recorded separately for each of the treatment visits. The time a patient spent in the dental chair for any further history taking, examination or investigations during check-up visits was also included. For children who failed to complete treatment, clinical time for diagnosis only was calculated.

Instructions on how to assess the time spent on diagnosis and treatment and on how to record the data were given to each of the dentists participating in data collection. The record on time was kept with the help of an assistant using a clock with minutes and second readings. The time of the day when diagnosis and treatment commenced (noted as the time the paedodontists made contact with the patient) was noted on the patient’s data sheet. Also, the time of the day when diagnosis and treatment was concluded (indicated by time when paedodontists’ stated diagnosis or treatment was completed) was also recorded on the treatment sheet. One of the authors calculated the difference in this time from time treatment commenced to time when treatment was completed–to the nearest minute.

Participating dentists had postgraduate training in paediatric dentistry. They were familiar with assessment of dental injuries using the Andreason et al. [2003] classification. There was common consensus amongst the paedodontists on management modalities of dental injury with agreement that there could be variability in individual case management. Management modalities for each case were to be recorded in each patient’s record.

The results from all the four hospitals were combined and the mean and standard deviations of the diagnostic time, treatment time and total clinical management time were calculated for each tooth injury for the primary and permanent dentitions. When multiple tooth dental injuries occurred, each tooth was treated independently. For multiple dental injuries that were of similar type in the same patient, the history and examination times were considered simultaneously. For multiple dental injuries that were not of the same injury type, the diagnostic and treatment times were considered separately. The average number of visits for each tooth injury was also recorded.