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How to prepare for medical emergencies

Medical emergencies do NOT make appointments.

They. Don't. Care. ...if you and your dental team are ready for them. How can you be sure you're dental practice is ready for the inevitable patient emergencies in your office? The single most important thing you can do to prepare for a patient's medical emergency in your operatory (and protect your patients and your practice from a career-ending mistake) is... ...Conduct a mock medical emergency drill. Don't take my word for it! Research shows that MOCK MEDICAL EMERGENCY DRILLS are the gold standard for competence among dental professionals in managing medical emergencies. (Notes 1, 2, and 3) Despite this research, 4 out of 5 dentists have NEVER conducted a mock emergency drill since completing their initial education. (Note 4) Once you read that, this next study makes perfect sense! In a study of dentists' readiness to handle patient emergencies, 90% of dentists COULD NOT find 7 of 9 emergency equipment items needed to respond to a simulated patient emergency. But, 100% of dentists who had conducted mock emergency drills could find what they needed when tested. (Note 5) Why? Most have no idea how to conduct a super efficient and effective mock drill with their dental team, and they're putting their careers at risk. This FREE sample Mock Medical Emergency Drills Guide will fix that by showing you, step-by-step, how to:

  • Make your mock drills realistic

  • Create an office emergency response plan (a template is included)

  • Conduct emergency equipment readiness inspection (using an included checklist

  • Conduct emergency medication readiness inspections (using our included checklist)

  • Create training records for your mock drills

  • Use a medical emergency treatment algorithm (chair-side Quick Reference Checklist)

This guide walks you through exactly what you and your team must do to practice for inevitable dental office patient emergencies.

Emergencies happen 3000 times per year in dental offices (according to the ADA.) I think you'll enjoy this guide; it's a COMPLETE walkthrough of a comprehensive approach to conducting mock medical emergency drills.

References: Note 1: Geisinger ML, Luepke PG, et al. J Dent Educ. 2021;85:1462–1470. Note 2: Pinsky HM, Le JM, Sweier DG, Marti K. Eur J Dent Educ Off J Assoc Dent Educ Eur. 2018;22:e19–e25. Note 3: Manton JW, Kennedy KS, Lipps JA, Pfeil SA, Cornelius BW. Anesth Prog. 2021;68:76–84. Note 4: McKenzie CT, Tilashalski K, Abou-Arraj R, Peterson DT, White ML. J Dent Educ. 2019;83:1142–1150 Note 5: Pinsky HM, Le JM, Sweier DG, Marti K. Eur J Dent Educ Off J Assoc Dent Educ Eur. 2018;22:e19–e25.

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