Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 06 27;18(13). Epub 2021 Jun 27.
Department of Operative Dentistry, Endodontics, and Pediatric Dentistry, Medical Center for Dentistry, Philipps University Marburg and University Medical Center Giessen and Marburg (Campus Marburg), Georg Voigt Str. 3, 35039 Marburg, Germany.
Due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, dental treatment performed by undergraduate students at the University of Marburg/Germany was immediately stopped in spring 2020 and stepwise reinstalled under a new hygiene concept until full recovery in winter 2020/21. Patient treatment in the student courses was evaluated based on three aspects: (1) Testing of patients with a SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen (SCRA) Test applied by student assistants (SA); (2) Improved hygiene regimen, with separated treatment units, cross-ventilation, pre-operative mouth rinse and rubber dam application wherever possible; (3) Recruitment of patients: 735 patients were pre-registered for the two courses; 384 patients were treated and a total of 699 tests with the SCRA test were performed by SAs. While half of the patients treated in the course were healthy, over 40% of the patients that were pre-registered but not treated in the course revealed a disease being relevant to COVID ( < 0. Read More