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Ten Minutes to SAVE A LIFE: Emergency Medicine in Dentistry

Categories: Health and Medical Topics

Author(s): Stanley F. Malamed, DDS

Date: 08-07-2019 07:24:47 am

Medical emergencies can — and do — occur in the practice of dentistry. Preparing in advance for potentially life-threatening situations will better enable the office staff to respond quickly and appropriately when they occur. In this article, the four steps of preparation will be reviewed: 1) Basic life support training for all staff members; 2) dental office emergency response team; 3) access to emergency medical services (EMS), and 4) emergency drugs and equipment. Following a review of the basic management of all medical emergencies, specific situations are presented from the perspective of their presenting signs and symptoms: unconsciousness; altered consciousness; respiratory distress; seizures; chest pain; and drug-related emergencies (allergy and overdose).

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