Medical Emergencies: Children

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Speaker(s): Professor StJohn Crean
CPD Time: 1.5 hours
Duration: 1 hour
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The physiological immaturity of children makes them more vulnerable to, and at greater risk of, sudden deterioration so it is essential that acutely ill children are identified and their treatment is initiated immediately. This video will provide up-to-date guidance on the recognition and management of medical emergencies which can occur in children and which may be experienced in dental practices. As medical emergencies in children are uncommon in dental practices it is vital for dental teams to be trained on this subject. 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.

Learning objectives

On completion of this video you should be able to

  • Recognise a seriously ill child
  • Understand the ABCDE approach to managing a sick child
  • Understand the management of medical emergencies in children
  • Be familiar with the current regulations as applied to management of medical emergencies

This talk satisfies the GDC’s learning outcomes:

  • C – Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice
  • D – Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first



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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