UW School of Dentistry

OS 523

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Setting I

O. Ross Beirne

1 Credit / Quarter 5 (Autumn, Second Year)

Course Description

Introduction to medical emergencies in the dental office, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Students receive training for certification in AHA Basic Life Support, Level C, for Health Care Professionals.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge and skill in the basic overall management of medical emergencies in the dental setting. The student will have an intensive recertification in Basic Life Support following the guidelines and course materials provided by the American Heart Association. Universal treatment of medical emergencies (positioning, administration of oxygen, vital signs, summoning assistance, diagnosing the problem, treating as appropriate, transporting if indicated) is introduced.

Course Outline

Topics covered in this course include: Basic medical emergency management in dental practice including Universal treatment; Basic Life Support and airway management practice; and emergency scenarios.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student is required to attend the course, watch videotaped instruction, participate in hands-on practical sessions, and demonstrate his/her ability to competently provide simulated Basic Life Support and airway management as per the AHA guidelines.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

Competencies Addressed

UWSOD Competency 9: Manage medical emergencies in dental practice by providing basic life support.


  • Syllabus
  • American Heart Association study materials
  • Videotaped instruction

*last updated: 11/7/2011