Equipment for Resuscitation In Primary Care Dental Practices

We work with a lot of dental practices and deliver a variety of training, including Basic Life Support, Anaphylaxis, Medical Emergencies and Dental Immediate Life Support (DILS) for Sedation. Our years of experience ensures we are really familiar with what Dental Practices need and want to know.

As part of all our training sessions that we deliver to you, we think it is really important to bring your emergency equipment out, and ensure everyone is familiar with it. It’s a great opportunity to review everything inside for compliance and to ensure you have everything you need, and most importantly, that you feel confident in using everything you have.

 

The guidance on the minimum equipment required is set by the Resuscitation Council (UK), who have Quality Standards on such matters. The Standard says that “All clinical dental areas should have immediate access (within the first minutes of a cardiorespiratory arrest) to oxygen, resuscitation equipment for airway management including suction, and an automated external defibrillator (AED).” The suggested equipment includes, protective equipment (gloves, aprons and eye protection), pocket mask with oxygen port, portable suction, oropharyngeal airways, self-inflating bag with reservoir (adult & child), oxygen cylinder, oxygen masks and tubing.

 

Dealing with a medical emergency can be daunting for anyone, but when you have an emergency box of drugs at your disposal, it is important you feel as confident as you can in dealing with these scenarios, which is why our trainers will spend valuable time with you covering this topic. The drugs and equipment is recommended in the dental section in the British National Formulary. These drugs include adrenaline 1:1000, aspirin, glucagon, glucose, GTN, midazolam and salbutamol.

 

If you need advice regarding your equipment, please do not hesitate to contact the office to see how we can help, or visit our brand new E-Shop which will be available very shortly, where we can supply you with all you need.

 

References

https://www.resus.org.uk/quality-standards/primary-dental-care-equipment-list/

 

https://bnf.nice.org.uk/guidance/prescribing-in-dental-practice.html

 

 Written by Sophie McCracken 7th July 2017