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How do you handle a medical emergency in your practice?

When I speak to Doctors and staff about their emergency preparedness I generally will receive one of two responses. The first is that THEY would never experience a medical emergency and the second is that they are close to an emergency response facility and therefore they don’t have anything to worry about. The average dental practice will experience four emergencies a year. That equates to 150,000 medical emergencies in dental practices each year. As the commander in chief of your office, have you considered your response? For the vast majority of dentists, the answer would be no. To adequately prepare your team, a simplistic approach is the best. Three actions steps that will provide you the most consistent preparation results involve your medical history, emergency drug kit and staff training. First, review your medical history and honestly ask yourself if you are able to receive accurate information from your patient. If the answer is no, consider customizing one. This can be easily accomplished, even with a “canned” form from your software. Second, reorganize your drug kit to include only the items you are qualified to use. Label each drug with its function and directions for use. Third, delegate specific roles to three key staff members and practice! You should also include the script for a 911 call as part of your training.

If you would like a program customized for your office, contact me. Implementation of state of the art training is not an arduous process! The investment of time required will be nominal in comparison to the peace of mind you’ll provide your staff..and ultimately your patients..


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How is an asthma attack induced?

Does this scenario sound familiar? Your patient checks the appropriate box on your medical history that says “asthma”. Now what to do with the information. The most important information you will need to extract from this positive response is the level of the patient’s knowledge about their asthma, the degree of control of asthma attacks […]


When your patient says “Yes” to Asthma..

When your patient states on their medical history that they have asthma,some logical questions should include: at what age was your asthma diagnosed? do you know what type of asthma you have? what causes your asthma attacks? have you been hospitalized due to your asthma? when was your last asthma attack? do you carry a […]


Can you communicate with physicians?

When I am asked by my colleagues to assist them in designing a “Medical Clearance Form”, the first thing I want to help them understand is that it is an impossibility to request a health care provider to “release” us from making the most sound, informed decisions for our patients. As Dentists, we alone are […]


How do you learn best?

After teaching many Dentists and their staff to recognize and manage medical emergencies, I have begun to see a consistent trend. The majority of my clients have their “ah-ha” moments when they see the videotapes we create of their training. I believe that in order to have a firm grasp on emergency principles, it is […]


Have you dreamed of being in the Movies?

How do you learn the best? Is it by reading, listening or watching? Most of us learn by a combination of the three. I have found that many of the Dentists I work with have benefited greatly from recording their emergency practice drills. We create a video to reenact each scenario and then review it […]


Only Honest Dentists Need Read This!

Doctors, have you truly examined the contents of your emergency medical kit? Do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are capable of administering each and every drug in your kit? If you have purchased a standard, stock kit from one of the major manufacturers, the answer is probably no. Why do […]