Both Tracy and Kate are registered Advanced Life Support course directors with the Resuscitation Council (www.resus.org.uk) and registered Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructors with the UK Advanced Life Support Group (www.alsg.org). They have worked as Senior Resuscitation Officers for the last 12 years in a busy NHS hospital as part of a team seeing 50-60 emergencies and 15-20 cardiac arrests calls a month. Southampton is currently in the top 5 NHS hospitals for survival to discharge from cardiac arrest.
Kate has an interest in baby & child resuscitation out of hospital and does resuscitation updates & drills for doctor surgeries. Her background is Accident & Emergency/Emergency Department.
Tracy is interested in cardiac rehabilitation and prevention of cardiac arrest. She also does resuscitation updates & drills for doctor surgeries. Her background is cardiac surgery in critical care.
Short introductory lecture, followed by practical exercises providing training in the diagnosis and management of medical emergencies in general dental practice.
Aims and objectives
To provide an overview of potential medical emergencies dental staff need to be prepared for in dental practice, including CPR and defibrillation. By the end of this session delegates will be able to demonstrate recognition and immediate first line treatment of the following:
• Myocardial infarction
• Anaphylaxis & asthma
• Seizures, stroke, syncope.
Practical skill stations include:
• Adult, child & infant CPR & defibrillation and using the recovery position
• Basic airway management and using oxygen
• Abdominal thrusts (used to be Heimlich manoeuvre) on choking manikin
• Using blood glucose testing kit
• Intra muscular injections & using auto injectors for anaphylaxis
• Demonstration of recommended resuscitation equipment for dental practice.
This short lecture, followed by practical stations, contains educational aspects that satisfy all four of the GDC’s development outcomes (A, B, C and D) for verifiable CPD and will help delegates enhance patient care by preparing dental teams for the rapid diagnosis and efficient management of medical emergencies in general dental practice.