Management of Medical Emergencies: An Update
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Release Date: November 2, 2013
Expiration Date: November 1, 2016
The 21st century will be characterized by a major shift in the population distribution in the United States. The percentage of the population that is age 65 or older continues to rise and is estimated to reach nearly 60 million by the year 2030. Along with this increase in the percentage of older Americans comes an increase in the percentage of those suffering with chronic diseases and disabilities. This could potentially lead to an increase in medical emergencies that occur in dental offices. This course emphasizes the importance of obtaining a thorough preoperative patient evaluation for the prevention of medical emergencies. It describes the signs and symptoms of a potentially life-threatening emergency. The treatment is outlined for various medical emergencies including the unconscious patient, the patient with no pulse, and the patient with substernal chest pain.
AGD Subject Code: 142
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.
Fulfills the medical emergencies requirement in the following states: FL (DDS with anesthesia permit), MN (DDS, RDH, RDA), and OR (DDS & RDH).
- Explain the importance of obtaining a thorough preoperative patient evaluation for prevention of medical emergencies.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of a potential life threatening emergency.
- Describe the treatment necessary for the following medical emergencies:
- The unconscious patient
- The patient with respiratory arrest or upper airway obstruction (complete and partial)
- The wheezing patient (bronchospasm)
- The patient with no pulse (cardiac arrest)
- The patient with substernal chest pain (angina, MI)
- The patient suffering from an allergic reaction
- The hypoglycemic/hyperglycemic patient
- The thyrotoxic patient
Stewart Bergman, DDS, MS, is Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Dental School, University of Maryland.
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