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03-5631-21047: Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits (3 CEs).
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Published: April 2019
Updated: May 2021
Expires June 2024
Pages: 38
Course Instructor: Mary Oeding, RdH, MEd
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives:

At the completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

Understand the rationale behind being prepared for emergencies in the dental office.
Describe an adequate medical evaluation for every patient before administration of medication or dental treatment.
Describe proper treatment protocol for: Choking, Airway Obstruction, Hyperventilation, Syncope, Orthostatic Hypotension, Allergic Reactions, Local Anesthesia Overdose, Epinephrine Overdose, Asthma, Heart Failure, Angina, Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction), Stroke, Diabetes, Seizures (Convulsions)

Course Description

Medical emergencies have a way of happening unexpectedly. Are you prepared to deal with emergencies that may arise during your workday? What if one of your coworkers collapsed, would you immediately know what to do? the best time to prepare for an emergency is well before it happens. This course will teach you the proper response in an emergency setting, but it’s up to you to practice these principles until they become second nature. Mark your calendar for six months from now to review this course so the material is fresh in your mind. Excellent books by the American Red Cross or American Medical Association are readily available online or at your local bookstore. Dr. Malamed’s Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office is highly recommended.

When a true emergency happens in the office the first few minutes can mean the difference between life and death. If you review the protocol well before the stress of an emergency, you will be better able to think with a clear head. this will enable you to react effectively and quickly to render aid to someone who really needs it.

Each staff member (including the Dentist) should fill out a medical history form. File the forms in a convenient area. This medical record should remain confidential, except for use during an emergency. This will enable you to react effectively and quickly to render aid.

Each staff member should be trained in Basic Life Support. Design an office meeting specifically for establishing and reviewing emergency protocol. Assign specific duties to each staff member for a variety of situations including fire, earthquakes, and medical emergency management.

How to Take This Course

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Contact Hours: 3.00
Price: $30.00

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