The Management of Medical Emergencies for the Dental Team

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Speaker(s): Professor StJohn Crean
CPD Time: 2 hours
Duration: 1 hour 30mins
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This video will provide up-to-date guidance on the recognition and management of medical emergencies in dental practices. As medical emergencies are uncommon in dental practices it is vital for dental teams to be trained on this subject on a regular basis. There is an expectation by patients and dental regulators that should a medical emergency occur in a practice all dental professionals will recognise the signs and symptoms and respond appropriately. In addition, the Care Quality Commission has several outcomes relating to patient safety and welfare as well as the availability of suitable staff and resources to ensure patient safety. This video will explain the ABCDE approach and look at various medical emergencies including faint, hypoglycaemia, anaphylaxis, angina, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest, epilepsy, asthma and choking with clear video clips of how to deal with such emergencies.

Learning objectives

On completion of this video you should be able to:

  • Reduce the risk of medical emergencies by making appropriate risk assessment
  • Understand how to adopt the ‘DR’s ABCDE’ approach to managing the acutely sick patient
  • Understand the management of conditions such as a faint, hypoglycaemia, anaphylaxis, angina, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest, epilepsy, asthma and choking



StJohn was appointed as Director of Dental Research and Knowledge Transfer from October 2009 and Dean of the School of Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education in Jan 2010 at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He previously held the post of Associate Director of Undergraduate Dental Studies and Year 3 Lead at Peninsula Dental School for 2 years. His specialist training is in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and has held posts of Senior Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Cardiff School of Dentistry before being appointed as Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Queen Marys, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2003. In 2005 he was appointed as  Consultant in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery to North Glamorgan NHS Trust with NHS duties at Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles Hospitals whilst holding an Honorary Professorship at University of Cardiff School of Dentistry. Alongside his role in UCLan, StJohn is currently the Robert Bradlaw advisor in the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is currently Editor in Chief of the Faculty Dental Journal (FDJ).  He is current President of the British Society of Oral Implantology. StJohn holds numerous examinerships at home and abroad advising on the establishment of many dental undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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