Handling medical emergencies in Dental practice

This course will provide Dentists and their staff a system to identify emergencies before they occur, the tools to respond successfully to a crisis, and the staff training necessary to prevent confusion and fear in the event of an emergency.

Introduction of the course Medical emergencies can and do occur in the dental office. In a 10-year period, more than 30,000 emergencies were reported by the more than 4,000 dentists surveyed. The nature of the emergencies varied significantly, from the usually benign (syncope) to the catastrophic (cardiac arrest and anaphylaxis). Majority of emergencies encountered are precipitated by the increased stress that is so often present in the patient in the dental environment.  That stress is associated with an increased occurrence of the emergency situations were confirmed by Matsuura, who reported that 77.8 percent of life-threatening systemic complications in the dental office developed either during or immediately following local anesthetic administration or during dental treatment. Unfortunately, when emergencies occur, it is not always possible to easily determine the precise nature of the problem. Many Dentists fear they are unprepared to effectively recognize, successfully manage and correctly treat medical emergencies that may occur in their practice.  It is important that all members of the dental office staff be trained to promptly recognize and effectively manage emergency situations. This course will provide Dentists and their staff a system to identify emergencies before they occur, the tools to respond successfully to a crisis, and the staff training necessary to prevent confusion and fear in the event of an emergency. You will be prepared to: 1) RECOGNIZE impending medical emergencies. Review the signs and symptoms of the seven most commonly occurring medical emergencies with emphasis on specific factors that influence dental treatment 2) RESPOND to “events” with clarity, knowledge, and conviction. Outline the specific interceptive, pharmacological and staff responsibilities 3) REESTABLISH office protocol and train your staff. Incorporate streamlined, efficient procedures Designate specific duties and responsibilities for each staff member Customize response protocol for the staff of any size 4) REFRESH your knowledge of equipment and drug essentials.

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