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Survey: 85% of Endodontic Practices Open for Emergency Patients Amid COVID-19

The American Association of Endodontists  announced the results of a recent member survey on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The American Association of Endodontists  announced the results of a recent member survey on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The polling found the vast majority of endodontic practices (85% ) were open for emergencies.

The survey distributed via email to 4,332 AAE members in the U.S., in practice and educators. Of the 468 respondents, 39% percent said they possessed N95 masks and other exact personal protective equipment (PPE) they need. Another 12% did not have N95 masks, but had equivalent filtering facepiece respirators and other PPE. Another 38% were using surgical masks and other PPE to do their best, and nearly 11%  did not have PPE to provide endodontic care.

Over 56% percent of respondents were taking the temperatures of patients arriving in their offices, in addition to screening them by telephone.

Most respondents (67%) reported less than 25% of normal patient volume compared with a typical week in practice.

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