Although rare, when medical emergencies occur in the dental setting they require a sound understanding of what action to take, to ensure that the emergency is dealt with quickly. Dental students and dental practitioners must be able to carry out first aid, including the principles of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and its practice. They should also be able to recognise and take appropriate action in situations such as anaphylactic reaction, hypoglycaemia, upper respiratory obstruction, cardiac arrest, fits, and haemorrhage. This essential, practical guide on how to diagnose and manage medical emergencies in dentistry covers the theory behind emergency management, in conjunction with practical tips and training so that all members of the dental team are able to deal with uncommon but potentially tragic events.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Risk assessment; 3. Circulatory Emergencies; 4. Central Nervous System Emergencies; 5. Endocrine Emergencies; 6. Respiratory Emergencies; 7. Drug Related Emergencies; 8. Cardiovascular System Related Emergencies; 9. Basic Life Support; 10. Immediate and Advanced Life Support
Jason Leitch is a 2005-06 Quality Improvement Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (www.ihi.org) in Boston, USA, sponsored by the UK Health Foundation. He is the 05-06 president of the anaesthesiology research section of the International Association of Dental Research, a member of the sedation standards group of the Scottish Dental Advisory Group, and a member of the Quality in Dental Practice working group. Jason also is a trustee of the UK wing of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship which runs orphanages in southeast India. Every two years, he organizes a medical team to visit the orphanages and conduct comprehensive health examinations and interventions for these children. He holds advanced degrees from the University of Glasgow and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.