Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: A Simulation Course
Bart Johnson, DDS, MS
CREDITS: 7 hours.
Medical emergencies occur fairly commonly in the dental office. This course will present the didactic foundation needed to manage an emergency while teaching you and your staff how to handle the medications and equipment found in your kit.
- We will use “almost for real” simulated scenarios, which make for a really fun and very educational day! Everyone participates!
- Staff are both welcome and encouraged… they need this too!
- Your team will be guided, with emergency kits provided, through several real-to-life simulated emergencies. You will position the patient, make decisions, institute basic interventions, and administer medications and rescue therapies… in real time!
- After each simulation, we will discuss what went right, what went wrong, how things were managed, why certain interventions were appropriate, and what the outcomes might have been had this been a real emergency.
- Don’t be shy… by the end of the day, you and your staff will be much more confident of your ability to handle an emergency should one happen!
- You are welcome to bring your office emergency kit if you would like it evaluated.
As a result of attending this course, you should be able to:
- Recognize emergencies and appropriately render initial (“universal”) intervention.
- Understand the pathophysiology and basic interventions for these common emergent situations:
- Allergy, drug overdose, angina, MI/cardiac arrest, asthma, bleeding, stroke, hypo/hyperglycemia, hypo/hypertension, hyperventilation, orthostatic hypotension, seizures, syncope, and vomiting.
- Competently participate in mock emergency drills in your dental office.
- Assemble an appropriate medical emergency kit for the dental office.
BART JOHNSON received his DDS from UCLA in 1985, a GPR Certificate in 1986, and an MS in Oral Biology in 1989. He came to Seattle in 1991 and was the Director of the UW GPR and tenured Associate Professor from 1991 to 2007. In January of 2008, he opened Seattle Special Care Dentistry (SSCD) with his business partner, Dr. Amy Winston. SSCD is a private practice dedicated to the care of medically/ physically/ emotionally and mentally compromised patients of all varieties. In 2009, Drs. Johnson and Winston started a new GPR program with Swedish Medical Center. It is fully CODA accredited and trains three residents per year. Dr. Johnson is the Director of this program. In his spare time he teaches courses in internal medicine, sedation, medical emergencies, physical diagnosis, pharmacology, BLS and ACLS. Locally he is active on the Executive Council and the Access-to-Care Committee of the Seattle-King County Dental Society, and is the co-director of the Northwest Kidney Center Charity Care project.
Bart loves playing with his family, stomping rain puddles, biking, backpacking, kayaking, snowshoeing, Harry Potter, and almost anything certifiably geeky.
The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.
University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.