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Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office: High Fidelity Interactive Simulation Exercises and Debriefing Discussions for the Dental Team – The University of Florida

July 22, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM


As medical science advances, it is expected that dentists will encounter an increase in the number of medically complex patients seeking routine dental care. Dentists are frequently challenged by the medically compromised patients who present for treatment. Not only is it difficult to keep up with the medical knowledge necessary to understand the status of your patients, it is sometimes difficult to decide which medical issues are important to your dental care, and which issues should alert you to the possibility of a medical emergency occurring.

Moreover, the active treatment of a medical emergency in the office setting can be intimidating and confusing not only to dentists, but to any health care practitioner. Preparation, via reading and lectures is helpful but is no substitute for real experience in a lifelike situation.

For this reason, we have developed an emergency preparedness course with high fidelity simulations so that dentists and their staffs can practice simulated emergency care in a real clinical environment. Utilizing the University of Florida Medical Education Simulation Center, dentists and their staff members will participate in a number of emergency scenarios, followed by discussion of the various principles involved in identifying and responding to medical emergencies that may be encountered in dental offices. We will also discuss emergency preparedness, and suggest practical ways you and your office staff can remain in a constant state of readiness. Since team function is an important aspect of emergency care, this presentation is designed to be taken by the entire dental team.

In this presentation you will:

  • Participate along with your staff and other attendees in hands-on simulations of a variety of medical emergencies for which a dental office should be prepared including syncope, angina attack, MI, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, hypertensive episode, airway obstruction, seizure, local anesthetic overdose, epinephrine reaction, hypoglycemia, asthma attack, hyperventilation, and allergic reaction/anaphylaxis.
  • Render emergency care in real time in a stress-free simulated surgical environment; respond to variations in patient response.
  • Assign roles and direct your team in rescuing your patient.
  • Define medical risk assessment and learn its relevance to the dental patient.
  • Understand the stress reaction and how it affects dental patients.
  • Learn how to identify red flags in the health history and determine whether it is safe to perform the planned procedure.
  • Learn how to create your own emergency protocols for managing medical emergencies and review the drugs and equipment you should have in the dental office.


July 22, 2016
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The University of Florida
+1 352-294-8150


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The University of Florida
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Gainesville, FL 32610 United States
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+1 352-294-8150

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