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Systemic adverse drug reactions (ADRs) may occur any
time a drug is administered to a patient. This program describes allergy,
overdose and idiosyncrasy, and goes on to discuss the problem of local
anesthetic overdose and overdose of sedative drugs, their prevention,
recognition and management.
This course describes the most common medical emergencies occurring in the
dental environment and describes the steps necessary to prevent their
occurrence: the medical history questionnaire, monitoring of vital signs;
dialogue history, and the stress reduction protocol. A physical evaluation
system is introduced.
Preparation of the office and
staff for medical emergencies that will inevitably occur is discussed
in this course. Basic life support; an in-office emergency
response team; activating emergency medical services; and emergency drugs &
equipment are reviewed.
This program reviews the basic management
protocol for all medical emergencies occurring in the dental
office environment –P-C-A-B-D (Positioning – Circulation – Airway – Breathing
– Definitive Care).
Syncope, hypoglycemia and seizures are not uncommon
emergencies in the dental office. This program reviews the prevention,
recognition and management of these common causes of altered
Bronchospasm and hyperventilation are not uncommon
emergencies in the dental office. Additionally foreign body airway obstruction
has occurred with patients aspirating and choking small dental devices. This
program reviews the prevention, recognition and management of some common causes
of respiratory distress.
Most allergic reactions are relatively mild and
non-life-threatening, however some are acutely life-threatening – anaphylaxis.
This program reviews the prevention, recognition and management of allergic
reactions in the dental office environment.
Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart ceases to pump
blood. The victim – unconscious, not breathing, and with no blood pressure – will die
unless effective resuscitative efforts are commenced immediately. This program discusses the recognition
and management of cardiac arrest emphasizing the importance of basic life support
(CPR) and defibrillation (AED) in improving the chances for
a successful outcome.
This program discusses acute coronary syndrome – angina pectoris and myocardial
infarction – conditions that initially manifest themselves as ‘chest pain.’ The prevention,
recognition and management of angina pectoris and myocardial infarction
are reviewed in-depth.