Medical Emergencies – Adults


Medical emergencies, whilst uncommon, can occur at any time in a dental practice. The GDC and patients expect all dental professionals to be competent in resuscitation techniques, have the knowledge to diagnose common medical emergencies and be confident in managing such situations. The GDC requires all members of staff to know their role in the event of a medical emergency and to be trained in dealing with such an emergency. 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 serve as a reminder and simultaneously bring you up-to-date on the latest guidelines for the expectation upon the dental team for treating medical emergencies.

Learning objectives

On completion of this video you should be able to

  • Recognise a seriously ill patient
  • Understand of the ABCDE approach to managing a sick patient
  • Understand the management of medical emergencies
  • Be familiar with the current regulations as applied to management of medical emergencies and cardiac arrest

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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