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Continuing Dental Education

Actions and Algorithms for Medical Emergencies: How to Save a Life (Including Your Own)

Daniel G. Pompa, DDS

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Course Description

Meet BOTH Your CE and CPR Requirements!

A CRISIS SITUATION can—and likely will—occur at some time in your practice.

Many potential medical emergencies can be prevented. Gain a comprehensive command of the essential knowledge and skills needed to handle a life threatening medical crisis.

There are more medically compromised patients coming to our offices than ever before. Acquire ‘up to the minute’ actions for dealing with a medical emergency while challenging preconceived or outdated ideas. Daniel Pompa, DDS – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, ADA Consultant and Seminar Series Speaker discusses the prevention, preparation, recognition and management of medical emergencies. Delivered in an interactive, high energy, multi-media presentation frequently described by attendees as ‘highly informative,’ ‘engaging,’ and ‘exceptional.’ A step-by-step medical approach using basic physical diagnostic methods is reviewed, giving the attendee a clear understanding of these medical findings.

We will explore the ‘Conversational History’ and how it will uncover medical issues not revealed by the standard health history form. Additionally, the participant will learn simple, non-invasive critical tests that can reduce overall risks. We clearly delineate indications for emergency drug use and proper dosages, as well as demonstrate how to assemble and maintain an ideal emergency drug kit. The newest techniques for drug administration will be shown for participants to hone their skills utilizing simulation models and real drugs. Dr. Pompa may incorporate live demonstrations to enhance the learning experience depending on the venue format.

Attendees will receive and review color-coded instructional cards depicting the most common life-threatening situations with algorithms providing an easy to follow action plan for both dentist and team members. We will also review the legal and moral obligations that are presented during a medical crisis.

Emergencies Covered Include:

  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Angina
  • Asthmatic Attack
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hypoglycemia & Insulin Shock
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Mild Allergic Reactions
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Seizures and Epilepsy
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Syncope

Course Objectives:

  • Discover three simple chair-side, non-invasive tests to help avoid an emergency
  • Recognize the most frequent life threatening emergencies and know when and why they occur
  • Review a systematic approach to treat the most common life-threatening scenarios
  • Learn how to develop a plan for the office team when dealing with a crisis event
  • Determine when to administer the essential ‘Top 10’ emergency drugs
  • Understand legal and moral obligations presented by medical emergencies
  • Instructors

    Dr. Daniel G. PompaDaniel G. Pompa is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is a Fellow in both The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Pompa practiced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for over 30 years in New York City and now lectures full-time.

    In the October 2023 issue of “Dentistry Today”, Dr. Pompa was cited as a “Leader in Continuing Dental Education” for 2024. He was also listed in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

    Dr. Pompa has been a guest speaker multiple times at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York University College of Dentistry, University of Florida College of Dentistry, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and the Oregon Health Science University School of Dentistry. Dan has also presented at the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Arizona, University of Tennessee College of Dental Medicine and Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In 2024, he has been invited to present at three new Dental Schools.

    Dr. Pompa has published in numerous journals including: The “Journal of the American Dental Association”*, “Dentistry Today”**, and the “New York State Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry”***. Dan has been featured as a Seminar Series Speaker/Consultant for the American Dental Association and is presently a Colgate Speaker.

    Dr. Pompa has now presented over 500 lectures both Nationally and Internationally. The Medical Emergency full-day course in now being presented throughout the U.S. and Canada and has also been presented in Europe and South America. Dan also has lecture topics on Dental Implants: “To Pull or Not to Pull” and “The Single Tooth Implant” and also a new topic: “The Role of the Dental Professional in the Treatment of the Diabetic Patient”. All of these presentations are for the entire Dental Team.

    Dan is also an inventor, having been issued a U.S. Patent for his contribution in developing a protocol for CT Guided Surgery in Dental Implantology. His patent (U.S. Patent #5,320,529) is cited today by over 350 new patents.

    Dan is an avid golfer and has organized several Charity Golf Tournaments to raise money for our Veterans at the Northport VA Hospital. He is also the host of the “New York Classic Film Club” which is in its eighth year and meets at the Port Washington Public Library on Long Island, New York.

    Dan has many hobbies and interests over the years that he has shared with his wife and two sons. These include traveling, skiing, golf, chess, photography, biking, and film studies. If he is not on the road presenting lectures he can often be found on the golf course with his wife or playing with and spoiling his five grandchildren.

    *-Pompa, DG: Guided Tissue Repair of Complete Buccal Dehiscences Associated with Periapical Defects: A Clinical Retrospective Study, JADA, 128 (July): 989-997, 1997

    **-Pompa, DG: Current Concepts in Periapical Surgery, Dentistry Today, 96-100, Vol. 16, No. 12, December 1997

    ***-Pompa, DG: Update on Basic Physical Diagnosis, Journal of The New York State Academy of Dentistry, Winter 2014

    ***-Pompa, DG: Diabetes and the Dentists new role in Recognition and Screening: A1c in-office testing as a new ADA Procedure code (D0411), Journal of the New York Academy of Dentistry, Spring, 2018


    • Dr. Pompa has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
    • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

    Course Logistics

    Friday, May 17, 2024

    The Mountaineers Club
    7700 Sandpoint Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98115

    For all Health Professionals and Teams

    8:30am – 4:30pm Pacific Standard time

    TUITION: – price includes lunch
    Until May 15; after, $25 more
    $199/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
    $278/Current Dental Alumni Member

    * This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

    7 hours


    Conflict of Interest
    In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

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    Cancellation and Refunds
    For this in person lecture, a registration refund will be issued for cancellations received by Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Registration will remain open until Wednesday, May 15, 2024- however we will accept walk-in registrations the day of the class, Friday, May 17, 2024 with an additional $25 late fee. NO REFUNDS will be accepted after Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Cancellations must be received in email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation.

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