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Vermont Dental​ Conference

Program 5  ​Actions and Algorithms for Medical Emergencies: How to Save a Life (Including Your Own)

Dr. Daniel Pompa     3 CEUs/Clinical
Audience Code: ​D, H, A, O   Sponsored in part by Colgate

A CRISIS SITUATION can—and likely will—occur at some time in your practice. Many potential medical emergencies can be prevented. Gain a comprehensive command of the essential knowledge and skills needed to handle a life threatening medical crisis.

Today there are more medically compromised patients being treated in our offices than ever before.  As a result, a more detailed medical history and medical evaluation should be taken prior to beginning treatment.  In this program we will explore the “Conversational History” and how this discussion can pick up many medical issues not revealed by the standard health history form.  This can be performed by the dentist or staff and can prevent many potential medical emergencies from occurring.

We clearly delineate indications for emergency drug use and proper dosages, as well as demonstrate how to assemble and maintain an ideal emergency drug kit.  The newest techniques for drug administration will be discussed for participants to hone their skills.  In addition, we will discuss three basic tests that can easily be performed to help in the physical diagnosis of a patients’ medical status.  Dr. Pompa will make available to attendees color-coded instructional cards depicting the most common life-threatening situations with algorithms providing an easy to follow action plan for both dentist and team members.  We will also review the legal and moral obligations that are presented during a medical crisis.

Program Objectives:

  • Discover three simple chair-side, non-invasive tests to help avoid an emergency
  • Recognize the most frequent life threatening emergencies and know when and why they occur
  • Review a systematic approach to treat the most common life-threatening scenarios
  • Learn how to develop a plan for the office team when dealing with a crisis event
  • Determine when to administer the essential “Top 10” emergency drugs
  • Utilize a systematic approach for each emergency depicted on color-coded cards
  • Understand legal and moral obligations presented by medical emergencies

This program meets criteria toward required credits for re-licensure.  This program is repeated on Friday.

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