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Presented by Steven Bookless
D.D.S., M.B.A., S.A.

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PACE Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education

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Course Description

Medical Emergencies

The course is designed to expose the participants to diagnosis and treatment of medical emergencies in the dental office. The course content will be geared to the capabilities of the general dentist. Topics will include preventative strategies, creation of an emergency plan, staff responsibilities, communication techniques, emergency medical equipment, emergency drugs and their use, and scenario based simulated medical emergencies with voluntary audience participation. 

  1. NEED FOR TRAINING 
  2. INCIDENCE OF MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
  3. PEELING BACK THE ONION 
    1. Medical History 
    2. Physical Exam
    3. Risk Assessment 
  4. AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE 

    1. Office Evaluation 
    2. Staff Responsibilities 
    3. EMS Response Times
    4. D. Additional Training 
    5. Emergency Equipment 
    6. Emergency Drugs 
  5. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF ALTERED CONSCIOUSNESS / AND UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT 
  6. DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF: 

    1. Syncope 
    2. Angina 
    3. Postural Hypotension 
    4. Seizure 
    5. Asthma
    6. Hyperventilation 
    7. Reaction to Epinephrine 
    8. Hypoglycemia 
    9. Cardiac Arrest 
    10. Anaphylaxis 
    11. Stroke 
    12. Local Anesthetic Overdose 

Dr. Bookless’ presentation is didactic lecture using a student handout and PowerPoint presentation. Case studies will be used to illustrate the diagnosis and treatment of the most common medical emergencies encountered in a dental practice. The presentation participants will be encouraged to actively participate in the critical treatment decision process. 

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  1. Employ a systematic approach to medical risk assessment
  2. Identify the most common chronic medical conditions
  3. Identify medical conditions that need consultation with the patient’s physician or specialist.
  4. Describe the methods of preventing of medical emergencies.
  5. Describe the basic and specific emergency medical equipment and necessary drugs.
  6. Have a medical emergency protocol in place.
  7. Define the roles of the office staff in an emergency medical situation.
  8. Have a systematic protocol to ensure all emergency medical equipment is in working order and medication expiration dates are routinely checked
  9. Have an understanding of the common medical emergencies encountered in a dental office.
  10. Describe the use of 360 communication during a medical emergency.
  11. Describe specific medical emergency algorithms for each emergency encountered.