Medical Emergencies: Dental Office Medical Emergencies for the Healthcare Provider


This 4 credit hour lecture/discussion is designed to give the participant a better understanding of the causes and contributing factors of dental medical emergencies, while recognizing the signs and symptoms of possible emergencies that may occur in the dental office. The participant will be able to describe initial treatment indicated, incorporate the knowledge of prevention techniques, and state stress reduction protocols.

This course satisfies the OSDB 4-hour CE requirement for Dental Hygienists, CDAs, and EFDAs to practice when the dentist is not physically present.  (Additional requirements include CPR certification and one year active practice and 1,500 hours of experience in dental hygiene practice; and two years of active practice and 3,000 hours of experience for CDA/EFDA). 

For additional information regarding the limited services that can be provided, reference the Ohio State Dental Board's Consolidated Auxiliary Duties (CAD) Matrix / Permissible Practices for Dental Auxiliary.

Participants in this program will learn:

(1) the importance of current and accurate medical history information for each of your patients
(2) the causes and contributing factors of dental medical emergencies
(3) basics of airway management
(4) how to recognize the signs and symptoms
(5) to describe initial treatment indicated
(6) knowledge of prevention techniques
(7) office emergency and stress reduction protocols

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